Infections and diseases of the ear

Problems and diseases affecting hearing

There are many diseases that can impact your hearing. While some hearing problems are more common than others such as Otitis Media, so to can otosclerosis and ushers syndrome result in hearing disorder. Hearing loss can be confusing and scary, At Amplifon we have the experience to help guide you through your loss and find a solution that works for you hearing profile and lifestyle.

Almost everyone knows middle ear infection. But there are other ear diseases that affect the sense of balance or hearing. Often they are harmless. But for all ear diseases, the sooner they are recognized and treated, the better the chances of recovery.

Some infections and diseases are:

  • Otitis media
  • Mastoiditis
  • Vestibular neuronitis
  • Myringitis
  • Meniere’s disease

Anytime you feel discomfort in your ear that you feel may just be ear wax build up, do your best to avoid meddling with your ear canal. You could be suffering from more serious conditions without your knowledge and it’s best to leave the solutions finding process with the doctors. Temporary hearing loss is more often than not a symptom of another condition such as otosclerosis where a small bone in your ear gets stuck. A perforated eardrum on the other hand can cause a ringing in your ear. Whatever it is you may be suffering from, make sure to see your specialist as soon as possible to avoid complications.

Earwax blockage & temporary hearing loss

Hearing problems can be temporary or permanent and can occur gradually or suddenly depending on the cause. One or both ears can be affected, or one ear may be affected more than the other.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound cannot reach the inner ear. Causes can include a build-up of earwax, something blocking the outer ear, outer and middle ear infections, excess fluid in the middle ear, perforated eardrums, and abnormal bone growth in the middle ear.

What starts out as earwax blockage that could have been easily treated by a doctor could turn into something more complicated because you decided to deal with it on your own. The very moment you experience ear pain or hearing loss, it’s best to set an appointment with a specialist immediately. Resorting to home remedies could worsen your condition and you may eventually suffer from bursting your ear drum or compacting your ear wax.

Earwax build up prevention and treatment

To reduce your chances of developing problems relating to earwax, we highly recommend that you avoid putting objects directly into your ears, such as cotton buds or hair pins. Even if you are using these to remove excess wax, you can easily damage your ear canal or eardrum, lodging wax further inside your ear. Instead, you can use eardrops or spray as recommended by our expert Audiologist/ Hearing care professional. This will liquify and loosen stubborn wax, allowing it to work its way out naturally.

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How to cure Meniere's desease

If you have any of Meniere's Disease symptoms, talk to your medical professional and receive support from us to treat related hearing loss with hearing aids.

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Deafness as consequence: chronic disease

A number of reports have linked hearing loss to several other chronic diseases of note, such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Another research paper also linked hearing loss to a threefold risk of falling among people between 40 and 69, costing companies billions of dollars' worth of lost productivity, reduced earnings, reduced productivity and increased absenteeism.

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