What an ENT Doctor in Coral Springs Can Do For You
Are you interested in finding out if you would benefit from a consultation with an ENT doctor in Coral Springs? ENT doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders associated with the ear, nose, and throat. The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) also have a special interest in providing hearing aids for adults and children who have hearing loss due to a variety of reasons. Here is information for you to better understand the different types of disorders an ENT doctor in Coral Springs treats to help you decide whether your condition requires the expertise of an ENT doctor.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in your inner ear which includes the vestibulocochlear nerve, also known as the eight cranial nerve. This is the most common cause of hearing loss and deafness, accounting for up to 90% of all cases of hearing loss. Hearing loss occurs when the hair cells of the cochlea become damaged. Damage to the hair cells can happen before birth or over time. Therefore sensorineural hearing loss can be found in people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Environmental factors that damage hair cells and cause sensorineural hearing loss include infection and trauma from loud noise. The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) have the tools to test for sensorineural hearing loss via audiometry testing. Experienced audiologists work alongside ENT doctor in Coral Springs to provide the most appropriate hearing aid.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Sounds that are very loud can cause temporary and permanent hearing loss. Constant exposure to loud sounds from earphones, bombs, snowmobile riding, attending loud concerts, and gun shooting can all cause noise-induced hearing loss. Excessive exposure to sounds louder than 85 decibels without adequate ear protection can cause hearing loss. The mechanism of hearing loss caused by loud sounds is by death of the hair cells. Human hair cells in the cochlea cannot be replenished once they are damaged so any hearing loss due to loss of hair cells is permanent. The sounds you hear in everyday life may start to gradually become more muffled and distorted. If your hearing becomes an impairment to daily activities, hearing aids can help amplify the sounds you hear.
Child Hearing Loss
Hearing loss in children can occur at birth or after birth. Congenital hearing loss is hearing loss that is present at birth. Acquired hearing loss is hearing loss that happens after birth. Many genetic factors can cause congenital hearing loss, such as infection in the mother during pregnancy or premature birth. Children who do not have hearing defects at birth can acquire hearing loss if they have frequent ear infections, meningitis (infection in the brain), measles, or exposure to extremely loud sounds. A head injury is also a risk factor for hearing loss in children. Children who are born with hearing problems may have trouble learning how to speak. Restoring their sense of hearing with hearing aids can prevent delay in speech learning. In older children, restoring their hearing with hearing aids will also help with their self-esteem and ability to communicate with friends at school.
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