Jennifer Esse, a doctor of audiology, discusses possible hearing loss treatments, including the use of hearing aids.
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About five percent of hearing loss is maybe treatable. And so, that’s part of the case history and the diagnostic exam is to determine what type of hearing loss it is. If it's a foreign body, wax in the ear canals, infection, either an external middle ears, only a medical doctor can treat those with medicine or surgery. And so, they would be in immediate referral to an M.D. If it is a sensorineural hearing loss, then, we can determine that it is purely sensorineural. Meaning, no conductive component is at play where a doctor would get involved, the medical doctor would get involved. Then, hearing aids are most often the recommended course of action. And audiologist would be the professional to visit. And that professional would guide the patient in terms of recommendations for options. There are many options available for different types of hearing loss. It's very important to find an audiologist who is knowledgeable and experienced in a variety of hearing aid technology and assistive listening technology.