54385aa4d1abb.preview-699Treatment and Conditions

Happy Ears Hearing Center offers state-of-the-art treatment to people with hearing loss. If your condition can be helped with medication or surgery, you will be referred to one of the top Otologists in the valley for further examination. If there are no medical or surgical options, or if you chose not to pursue them, our audiologist can provide options including hearing aids or other assisted listening devices.

The following is an overview of hearing problems and the treatment options:

Presbycusis. Presbycusis is the most common cause of hearing loss. It results from the effects of aging on the inner ear. It is not medically or surgically treatable. Our doctor of audiology can provide education and fit you with hearing aids and other assistive devices, as well as provide strategies to improve your hearing in common situations (including; restaurants, group settings, home environment, etc.).

Chronic otitis media. Chronic otitis media is a condition of the middle ear that can cause hearing loss and eardrum perforations. Most infections with perforations can be treated with antibiotics. A medical referral is required for this condition.

Otosclerosis. This is a condition in which a bone growth in the middle ear prevents the small ear bones from working properly. This type of condition presents with a conductive or mixed hearing loss. This also requires medical referral to determine if you may benefit from surgery or require a hearing aid.

Acoustic neuroma. An acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous (benign) tumor that grows on the nerves leading from the inner ear to the brain. This type of condition usually shows up on a diagnostic hearing test with an asymmetrical hearing loss  or an asymmetry in the ability to understand speech. Medical referral is required prior to pursuing any type of hearing device.

Cholesteatoma. Cholesteatoma (koe-leh-stee-uh-TOE-muh) is a type of skin cyst in the middle ear. Individuals may be born with one or acquire one following repeated ear infections. These growths are not cancerous but can damage the ear and cause hearing loss. The initial treatment is to stop the infection and drainage with antibiotics and eardrops. In some cases, surgery is required.

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. This condition occurs suddenly. Individuals may wake up and feel like their ear is plugged and cannot hear at all. Other may experience a loud ‘pop’ or ringing in the ears followed by dizziness. Immediate medical treatment is required by an ENT/Otologist. The best outcomes for restoring hearing are usually from treatment within the first 72 hours. A steroid injection through the tympanic membrane may be needed to reduce inflammation and damage to the cochlea.