For people with more severe hearing loss, the first steps to improving outcomes—aiding and restoring hearing, providing oral and/or sign language—are only the beginning.
Chronic sinusitis, nasal breathing issues, and allergies are all approached similarly. Each of these conditions is often associated with inflamed mucous membranes inside the nose.
The most common type of tinnitus, the kind associated with hearing loss, is not curable. Improving quality of life revolves around two key approaches.
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) is hearing loss that damages the inner ear (e.g. “sensorineural”). SSHL most frequently happens in one ear.
Endoscopic ear surgery is an emerging surgical technique for performing certain types of ear procedures.
The Eustachian tube works to keep the air pressure of the middle ear the same as air pressure outside.
Cochlear implants (CIs) are surgically implanted devices that bypass the damaged structures of the inner ear to create a sense of sound.
Condition where sound is blocked from reaching the inner ear. The last middle ear bone, the stapes or “stirrup,” becomes fixed.
The sinuses are air pockets in the skull. They are lined with mucus membranes. The mucus helps to flush germs out of the airway.
Cholesteatoma is an abnormal growth of skin within the middle ear (see figure). It begins in the middle ear and may spread to the mastoid bone behind the ear.
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