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can otitis cause deafness?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: Recurrent otitis media is a major cause of sensory-neuro hearing loss.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for hearing loss?|

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes and no: There is no magic pill that will cure hearing loss (hl). Classic hl is due to aging and hearing aids can help us cope. If the hl is due to chronic infections or other diseases, then surgery might be helpful. If you have absolutely poor to no hearing, an ENT can surgically place a cochlear implant in your inner ear to help you hear. In some, steroids have been used with some success.
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What is the sound level (in decibels) that can cause hearing loss?|

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
80dB and above: Persistent loud noise above 80db results in sensorineural deafness.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it easy to communicate with hearing loss?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
It takes effort: Provided that you don't want to use a hearing aid, there are options. 1. Face the person and talk while eliminating any background or competing noise. 2. Learn to read lips to help "fill in the blanks." 3. Most phones have volume controls and you can turn these up. 4. Use personal earphones when watching tv. 5. Electronic stores sell cheap alternatives to hearing aids.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can listening to loud music really cause hearing loss?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Yes: Any persistent loud noises more than 80 db can cause damage to the hair cells of the cochlea and thus cause hearing loss.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the term that describes the hearing loss associated with aging?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Presbycusis: Presbycusis is the term used to describe age related hearing loss.

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