Hearing and Deafness
Hearing loss can affect patients at any age and can be caused by a wide variety of issues…
Causes of deafness can be grouped into the following:
- Conductive Hearing Loss – which cause conductive problems within the ear canal and middle ear
- Sensineural Hearing Loss – which is caused by a problem with the translation of sound waves into the electrical signal by the inner ear
These main causes of hearing loss, if left untreated, can become more troublesome and even lead to deafness. At ENT Surgeons of Melbourne we are able to help our patients reclaim their hearing with the use of hearing aids (which help to amplify the sound heard by the inner ear) or even ear surgery.
When should I seek help?
Should you suffer from sudden hearing loss, you should seek the advice of an ENT specialist as soon as possible, as treatment is best started within 48 hours.
If you suffer from hearing loss in just one ear or notice gradual deterioration of hearing, it is important to see an ENT specialist.