Tinnitus & Hearing Loss Treatment
Tinnitus and Hearing Loss Treatment in Louisiana
Hearing issues can come on rapidly, or can be a decrease in ear function over time. Subject to the nature of the loss of hearing, it can either be mild or severe and transitory or long-lasting. Many patients suffering from hearing loss do not realize it, due to the gradual decline.
How Do I Know if I'm Experiencing Hearing Loss?
If you suffer from any of the symptoms below, you should contact an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist at Red River ENT Associates. Some symptoms include:
- Sounds like your ear is full of water
- Difficulty listening to things in your environment such as individuals speaking, a radio or television.
If these symptoms are left unchecked they can lead to more severe symptoms and conditions such as:
- Any uncomfortable feelings from irritation to severe pain
- Symptoms of vertigo (feeling as if your surroundings are spinning)
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a common condition. It causes abnormal sounds in your ear, such as blowing, ringing, or buzzing noises. Tinnitus may be brief or an ongoing problem. It can happen in conjunction with hearing loss. Tinnitus is caused by numerous factors, and treatment depends on the specific root of the condition.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment at Red River ENT Associates in Alexandria, LA by calling (318) 321-5455 or by requesting an appointment online.
Treatment for Hearing Loss
Though sudden hearing loss does happen, adult hearing loss is usually gradual, occurring bit by bit over the years. Because of this, many patients don’t recognize the degree of their hearing loss. Hearing loss can range from minor to complete. It occurs most frequently in older adults.
In adults, the most common causes are damage to the structure of the inner ear or to the auditory nerve. This can result from noise exposure, injury, infection, disease, medications, and aging. Noise is most often responsible, especially in men. Though this kind of hearing loss is usually permanent, the use of hearing aids can offer some restored functionality. Other common hearing loss causes include trauma, infection, structural malformation, impacted earwax, tumors, or cysts. Medication or surgery can often reverse or improve the cause of hearing loss.
Hearing loss indicators include being unable to hear some words, requiring people to repeat their words, and difficulty hearing over the telephone or when there is background noise. At Red River Hearing and Balance Center, our Doctors of Audiology have the proficiency and training to recognize the type, cause, and extent of your hearing loss. Our ENT specialists use advanced technology and provide leading-edge solutions that can help you hear what you’ve been missing.