How is Ear Infection Associated with Hearing Loss?

Ageing, head trauma, exposure to loud noise, hereditary hearing impairment, malfunction in the inner ear are some of the most common causes of hearing loss. All these factors can damage the nerve cells in the cochlea of the inner ear that send sound signal to the brain, causing the most common and permanent type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss.

Besides these factors, ear infection is a lesser known cause of hearing loss. Infection causes fluid to build up in the middle ear blocking sound from passing through the eardrum to the inner ear. Ear infection-induced hearing loss is referred to as conductive hearing loss and is often temporary or reversal.

Otitis Media and Ear Infection

Otitis media is a medical term used to refer to accumulation of fluid in middle ear which causes inflammation and obstructs sounds directed to the auditory nerve.

Respiratory ailments like influenza or a cold, allergies and viral infections are condition that can lead to accumulation of pus and music behind the eardrum causing blockage of the Eustachian Tube.

What to do if you have an ear infection?

Conductive hearing loss is usually temporary and can be cured with a number of treatments. Though the condition is common amongst children, it can occur at any age.

If you experience trouble in hearing after an ear infection or have frequent infections, it is important that you consult your audiologist and get your hearing tested. Your audiologist will identify the type and degree of your hearing loss and suggest the best solution option for you condition.

 

More often than not, ear infection is treated with antibiotics. If effective, antibiotics can restore the impaired hearing back to normal. In case of recurrent ear infections, a tube may be inserted in the eardrum help drain the fluid accumulated in the middle ear. Moreover, if these treatments don’t work, your physician may suggest hearing aids to restore the hearing back to normal.

There are several hearing aid providers in Adelaide that offer advanced hearing devices from reputed brands such as Phonak, Starkey, Widex and Siemens Hearing Aids. If you’re dealing with hearing loss, find the best device for your hearing needs with the help of your audiologist and prevent your condition from getting worse.

Dining out with the hearing impaired? Here Are Some Useful Tips

Restaurants have always been a noisy yet entertaining place to hang out with your family, friends and loved ones. Believe it or not, noisy environments for some diners and eateries make for a fun atmosphere.

While every individual would be excited about dining out in general, it can be a bit of challenge for a person with hearing loss to communicate in such a loud setting, sometimes even for people with normal hearing.

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So, here we have gathered a couple of tips to make it easier for the hearing impaired and people accompanying them to a restaurant to enjoy the provided environment and avoid communication problems.

Be smart about your choice

When it comes to dining out with people with hearing loss, you have to look beyond the food, taste décor or ambience.

No matter how tempted you’re to the classy décor or comprehensive menu of the restaurant you last visited, you must make sure the restaurant you pick is hearing-loss-friendly in the first place.

Here are a few pointers for you to make a better choice

  • Avoid a restaurant with hard surfaces and high ceilings as they make for a reverberant environment.
  • Pick a well-lit spot which allows to easily see verbal clues like facial expressions and body language of the speaker.

Ditch the table, go for a booth

Booth seating is typically created to make more room for comfort and privacy while lessening the noises around.

A booth with high hacks or surfaces will help draw environmental sounds out of your conversation so that you can easily hear people around you and communicate effectively with them.

Avoid sitting in areas around the kitchen

Sit near the kitchen, particularly those with an open-design, and you will only make it harder for yourself to communicate in the already noisy atmosphere of the restaurant.

Reserve a booth as far as possible from the kitchen of the diner so that you don’t have to struggle to hear others and be active part of conversations.

Additional Tip

While most advanced hearing devices like  Siemens hearing aids ad Starkey assistive listening devices to name a few are optimised for noisy and challenging environments, it is advisable to sit with your back toward the wall or source of unwanted background noise. Also, it will be helpful if your companions too sit with their back against the wall so that there is only one sound for you to focus on.

Adhere to these considerations when dining out and you will sure make for a better and enjoyable dining experience.