what is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is the deprivation of hearing in one or both ears. This condition can range from mild to severe and can affect nearly anyone, but it most prevalent in people over the age of 60. It's very common — roughly one in eight people in the United States has some form of hearing loss. People who have diabetes or cancer are also more likely to suffer from this auditory condition. Have you noticed an onset of hearing loss? Contact Cross Timbers ENT to meet with one of our seasoned audiologists. We conveniently offer locations in Mansfield, Midlothian, and Arlington, TX.
Hearing Loss Reviews
"Ear Pain Problem - My Mother is deaf in her left and has partial hearing loss in her right ear. For the past year and half her right ear been hurting her but the 2 ENT specialists she saw could not figure out the problem. They performed several tests, but the doctors just couldn't provide an answer. Dr. Jonathan Wu examined my Mother and was able to determine what the issue was and explained the reason for her pain. He was patient, extremely informative and thorough. We are so happy we scheduled an appointment with him. His staff is also very friendly. I highly recommend Dr. Wu to anyone having ear problems."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 19, 2020
"Dr. Leffingwell was great as he checked me for nasal, ear and throat issues. Happily I am OK, but will follow his recommendations on some needed changes in my life. Dr. Farrell fit me with a rocking pair of "hearing enhancers" that make me feel so much more at ease in daily life. Who knew that hearing loss, even small amounts can raise your stress level?? Anyway, she's a rock star for making her patients feel comfortable with the new devices and the learning curve that come with it. Cannot recommend this group and especially Dr. Farrell any higher, they are true professionals!! 😁👍"- B.L. / Facebook / Oct 26, 2019
"Dr Shellenburg is very caring & thorough as well as all his staff! Thanks for working me in your schedule with my ear problem & special thx to Leslie for Getting me scheduled when I explained I was having a ear issue of sudden hearing loss."- C.D. / Facebook / Apr 07, 2022
"My Mother is deaf in her left and has partial hearing loss in her right ear. For the past year and half her right ear been hurting her but the 2 ENT specialists she saw could not figure out the problem. They performed several tests, but the doctors just couldn't provide an answer. Dr. Jonathan Wu examined my Mother and was able to determine what the issue was and explained the reason for her pain. He was patient, extremely informative and thorough. We are so happy we scheduled an appointment with him. His staff is also very friendly. I highly recommend Dr. Wu to anyone having ear problems."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 19, 2020
"Managed to squeeze me in super last minute due to some hearing loss and pain I started experiencing. I saw Dr. Wu and he put me at ease and was generally just a really cool dude with great bedside manners. He cleaned my ears out in about a minute, and my pain was gone instantly. I don’t think I’ve ever heard this well in my entire life. Will definitely be coming back for any ENT issue. This is how healthcare should be!"- P. / Google / Sep 15, 2023
What Are the Causes of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can occur at any age and is often progressive, typically developing with advanced age. However, it's not limited to the elderly and can even be present at birth. Various factors contribute to hearing loss, including damage or injury to the ear, earwax buildup, infections, abnormal growths, or a ruptured eardrum. Genetics can play a role, and certain occupational noises and illnesses can also lead to hearing impairment.
What Are the Symptoms of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can present itself in various ways and often subtly creeps into everyday life. Whether it's struggling with conversations or feeling isolated in social settings, the symptoms can be both frustrating and life-altering. Recognizing these signs early can lead to timely intervention and support. Common symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Difficulty understanding conversations
- Frequently asking others to repeat requests
- Finding the need to increase the volume on listening devices
- Social withdrawal
How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed?
There are a variety of ways our staff may diagnose your hearing loss. The first and most common method is a simply physical exam, in which we will look inside your ear for any earwax, infection, or other possible causes of hearing loss. Alternatively, if we cannot diagnose the problem with a physical exam, we may need to turn to other alternatives, such as screenings tests or audiometer tests. This will give us a better idea of what is causing you to experience hearing loss.
How is hearing loss treated?
Hearing loss is treated accordingly to its cause, as there may be very different reasons why you are experiencing diminished hearing. At Cross Timbers ENT, our treatments can vary and can include:
- Earwax removal
- Medication for ear infections
- Hearing aids
If you have additional questions about how your hearing loss might need to be treated, don't hesitate to contact our North Texas office today.
Hearing Loss FAQ
What's the most common cause of hearing loss?
People can lose hearing for a variety of reasons. The most common cause in America is loud noise. This may be due to prolonged exposure to loud noises on a daily basis, such as machinery and concerts.
How many people have hearing loss?
According to government statistics, about 13% of the population over 12 years old (~30 million) has some level of hearing loss in both ears. About two percent of adults over 45 have disabling hearing loss.
Is hearing loss reversible?
Unfortunately, hearing loss caused by nerve damage due to the natural effects of aging, an injury, or loud sound exposure is usually not reversible. However, hearing loss caused by wax buildup and ear infections can typically be reversed or improved with treatment.
How can I protect my hearing?
- Wear ear protection around loud sounds (using power tools, concerts, fireworks, etc.)
- Wear earplugs when swimming and/or use drying drops
- Keep your ears clean
- Don’t put cotton swabs or other instruments deep into your ear – cleaning the outer part is OK
Can hearing loss be prevented?
Some types of hearing loss can be prevented by avoiding excessive noise exposure, using ear protection in loud environments, and maintaining ear hygiene. Regular hearing check-ups are also essential.
How is hearing loss diagnosed?
An audiologist can diagnose hearing loss through a series of tests, including pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and tympanometry. These tests assess the degree and type of hearing loss.
learn more about our hearing services
Thankfully, there are numerous solutions available today to improve hearing loss. At Cross Timbers ENT, we use various hearing tests to properly diagnose your condition and offer hearing aids for the treatment of hearing loss. To discover more, contact our office in Midlothian, Arlington, or Mansfield, TX.
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