Dr. Vijay Bharath Reddy
St. Theresa's Hospital Provides best Treatment for Deafness in Hyderabad at most affordable cost
Causes of Deafness
- Genetic factors: Some types of deafness are inherited from parents who carry a gene for hearing loss.
- Infections during pregnancy: Infections such as rubella, cytomegalovirus, and herpes can cause deafness in a developing fetus.
- Complications during childbirth: Premature birth, lack of oxygen during birth, and other complications during childbirth can cause deafness in a newborn.
- Exposure to loud noises: Long-term exposure to loud noises, such as in a noisy workplace or from listening to music at high volumes, can damage the inner ear and lead to deafness.
- Aging: As people age, the sensory cells in the inner ear can gradually become damaged, leading to age-related hearing loss.
- Infections: Infections such as meningitis, measles, and mumps can cause deafness.
- Head injury: A severe head injury can damage the inner ear and lead to deafness.
- Ototoxic drugs: Certain drugs, such as some antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs, can damage the inner ear and lead to hearing loss.
- Diseases: Diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels in the inner ear, leading to hearing loss.
- Earwax buildup: Blockage caused by excessive earwax can prevent sound from reaching the inner ear, leading to temporary deafness.
- A feeling that people are mostly mumbling or speaking illegibly
- Asking people to repeat themselves
- Watching TV with a very high volume or talking too loudly.
- Getting ringing, hissing or roaring sounds in the ear.
- For children, the symptoms are, delay in speech and language development, failing to identify the origin of a sound, learning disability, not getting startled at loud sounds.
Precautions & Treatments
- Protect your ears from loud noise: Avoid or limit exposure to loud noise, or wear hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs when you’re in loud environments like concerts, construction sites, or shooting ranges.
- Be mindful of headphone and music volume: Limit the volume when using headphones or earbuds, and take breaks to give your ears a rest.
- Maintain good ear hygiene: Avoid inserting foreign objects like cotton swabs into your ear, which can damage the ear canal or eardrum and increase the risk of infection.
- Get regular hearing check-ups: It’s important to have your hearing checked regularly, especially if you work in a noisy environment or have a family history of hearing loss.
- Hearing aids: Hearing aids amplify sounds and help people with hearing loss hear more clearly. They come in different styles and sizes, and can be customized to fit your hearing needs.
- Cochlear implants: For people with severe or profound hearing loss, cochlear implants can be surgically implanted to bypass damaged parts of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve.
- Assistive listening devices: Devices like amplified phones, flashing doorbells, and vibrating alarm clocks can help people with hearing loss stay connected and aware of their surroundings.
- Medications: Certain medications may be prescribed to treat infections, inflammation, or other conditions that can affect hearing.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage to the ear or remove tumors that may be causing hearing loss.