Treatments for The Deaf
There are many causes to
It could be genetic, from an accident,
an illness or the side effects of medication.
One thing you have to keep in mind though
is that it is not an illness but a symptom of an underlying
Deafness problems can be classified into two namely
conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. The
first one can be treated surgically or medically. The second
cannot be corrected which is why the use of implants is very
Your doctor will only know the degree of your deafness
problem after reviewing the results of the audiology test.
There are different types of conductive hearing loss. These
are namely blocked Eustachian tubes, fluid in the ear,
infection, infected mastoid bone, otosclerosis, ruptured
eardrums and wax buildup.
If you happen to have blocked Eustachian tubes, the doctor
will have to insert tubes to the eardrum to stop the
Fluid in the ear is usually caused by an infection. It may
go away on its own which is why doctors will wait and see what
happens before draining it after making a small incision in the
In the event that you have an ear infection, the doctor will
prescribe antibiotics or eardrops.
If there is an infection with the mastoid bone, this can be
treated with antibiotics and in some cases may involve
Ruptured eardrums similar to fluid in the ear can heal on
its own or with the use of an antibiotic. If there are no
changes, then the doctor may have to perform surgery.
The only way to treat otosclerosis is an operation. The
doctor will go in and replace the damaged bones of the middle
ear and put in tiny metal replacements.
Should there be a wax buildup, a trained professional will
first do a probe and then use either water irrigation or a
suction device to remove the wax.
As mentioned earlier, there is no way to permanently treat
sensorineural hearing problems. The only thing that doctors can
recommend is a cochlear implant. Installing this device will
allow the person to hear.
This is different from a hearing aid because the implant
does not amplify sound but works directly by stimulating any
functioning auditory nerves inside the cochlea with electric
field stimulated through an electric impulse.
The cochlear implant consists of a microphone, speech
processor and an RF transmitter. According to one study, more
than 100,000 people have had cochlear implants.
Why so low you might ask? This is because cochlear implants
are very expensive. It may cost between $40,000 to $100,000
depending on an individual’s needs and the center at which the
surgery is performed. Those who have undergone the procedure
say it was worth it because it helps them read lips better.
So if you had the money, does this mean you can have a
cochlear implant? Not yet because you must have certain
requirements. You must have severe or profound sensorineural
hearing impairment in both ears, have a functioning auditory
nerve otherwise it won’t work, have good communication skills,
tried other hearing aids with no improvement, fit to undergo
surgery and have facility close by to monitor your
Treating deafness problems could be both easy and
complicated. If you want to hear, you have to see a doctor to
find out what is wrong before any option is presented on the