Hearing loss can happen in one or both ears. It can range from slight to profound. Although it can affect people of any age, it is most common among adults aged 60 or older. Fortunately, in most cases, some solutions can help hearing loss, such as hearing aids. Dr. Gordon J. Siegel and Dr. Amelia Hartman are ENT specialists at Midwest ENT in Chicago. They can test your hearing and advice you on how to manage hearing loss.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
Chicago residents may notice the following symptoms of hearing loss:
- High-frequency hearing loss: This is typically age-related and generally makes it difficult to hear high-pitched sounds such as birds singing and women’s voices.
- General hearing loss: This type of hearing loss can make it difficult to follow conversations, hear the television, or make sense of crowded, noisy environments such as a store or restaurant.
- Tinnitus: This is a persistent ringing buzzing in one or both ears.
Causes of Hearing Loss
- Sensorineural hearing loss: This is a permanent form of hearing loss and is caused by damage to the auditory nerve of the cells in the inner ear.
- Conductive hearing loss: This is caused by an obstruction in the ear canal or a problem with the functioning of the middle or inner ear. It is often temporary and can be treated.
Some people may have a combination of the two types of hearing loss.
Treatment for Hearing Loss
The treatment you will have for hearing loss will depend on the type of hearing loss you are experiencing and its severity. Conductive types of hearing loss can often be treated medically. Sensorineural hearing loss is usually managed with hearing aids.
If you live in Chicago and would like to schedule a hearing test or find out more about managing your hearing loss, contact Midwest ENT on (312) 988-7777 to request an appointment.