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Hearring loss / Hearing Imoairment:

According to WHO (2018) data, the prevalence of hearing impairment (HI) in India is around 6.3% (63 million people suffering from significant auditory loss) and 360 million people in the worldwide suffering of hearing loss. 68.9% had a bilateral hearing loss while 31.1% had a unilateral hearing loss.

In India, “hearing handicapped” as defined by The Rehabilitation Council of India Act, 199213, is – hearing impairment of 70dB and above, in better ear or total loss of hearing in both ears.

The average lifetime cost for one person with hearing loss is approximately $420,000 this includes household and workplace productivity loss.

CAUSES

The major causes of hearing loss and ear diseases in India have been listed by WHO survey.
  • Ear wax (15.9%) was the most common cause of reversible hearing loss.
  • Non-infectious causes such as aging and presbyacusis are the next most common (10.3%).
  • Middle ear infections such as CSOM (5.2%) and serous otitis media (3%)
  • The other causes include dry perforation of tympanic membrane (0.5%)
  • Bilateral genetic and congenital deafness (0.2%). Approximately 50% of all cases of congenital hearing loss are attributable to environmental factors, such as congenital hyperbilirubinemia, ototoxic medication exposure, neonatal hypoxia, viral infections and meningitis. The other 50% of cases are thought to be inherited, i.e. of genetic causes.

Types of Hearing Loss

  • Conductive Hearing Loss
    Hearing loss caused by something that stops sounds from getting through the outer or middle ear. This type of hearing loss can often be treated with medicine or surgery.
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
    Hearing loss that occurs when there is a problem in the way the inner ear or hearing nerve works.
  • Mixed Hearing Loss
    Hearing loss that includes both a conductive and a sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder
    Hearing loss that occurs when sound enters the ear normally, but because of damage to the inner ear or the hearing nerve, sound isn’t organized in a way that the brain can understand.

Treatment:

Precautions is always better than cure :

  • One should take care of loud sound exposure , do not use ear phones for long hours a day, control the decibels of sounds they are exposed to.
  • Do not clean your ear yourself with ear buds or in that case any random object.
  • Take extra precautions if you are prone to ear infections specially during swimmimg, airplane travel or when you are having cold symptoms.

Kindly Visit Doctor to seek Medical Advise in Case of :

For ear infections induced hearing loss.

For sudden hearing loss that occurs in few hours or less than three days in one or both the ears.

Problem listening to conversation in background noise.

Increase the volume when listening to TV, Radio

Devices :

Hearing Aids : A device to amplify the sounds , applied outside the ear. There are many types of it:

  • Behind the ear
  • Receiver in the canal
  • Completely in the canal
  • Bone anchored hearing aids

Cochlear Implant: A device implanted inside the ear in cochlea for amplification of sounds.

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