How is hearing loss treated?

Hearing loss treatment can involve surgical and non-surgical options. These include:

  • Hearing aids, which can be used for a wide range of hearing losses.
  • Cochlear implants for individuals who cannot benefit from hearing aids. Implants require a surgical procedure that provides direct electrical stimulation to the inner ear.
  • Hearing assistive technology: devices used to help you hear better in day-to-day situations. Examples include TV listeners or telephone amplifiers.
  • Audiological rehabilitation: listening and communication training and treatment to improve auditory performance
  • Certain medicines
  • Surgery

Even though you can purchase some personal sound amplification products without a prescription, it is best to see a physician to make sure no other medical issues are causing the hearing loss. Also, an audiologist will make sure the hearing devices fit properly and that there is follow-up care. In addition, the audiologist will determine if hearing aids are more appropriate for you given your communication needs and lifestyle.

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