A 53-year-old female asked:
will hearing aid use prevent further damage and hearing loss for someone with sensory neuronal hearing loss?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
No: A hearing aid acts just like a speaker near the ear, and does not change the nature of the problem inside the ear and head. In those cases where hearing loss is really bad, the hearing aid gets turned up loud, so theoretically could worsen the hearing organ... But life is full of trade-offs, and being able to hear is so valuable.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Bernstein Joel answered
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: A hearing aid is an amplifying instrument. It has no effect on the underlying pathology o the inner ear. The aid can not prevent further degeneration of a sensori-neural hearing loss.
Answered on Aug 16, 2014
Dr. James Budd answered
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Perhaps.: I would maintain that the answer is "maybe". There is at least the suggestion that if you restore stimulus to the auditory cortex via the current hearing aid technology, that part of the brain that has been deprived of input can actually improve it's function. The brain has "plasticity" and might well slow or even arrest additional hearing loss if incoming signals are restored.
Answered on May 11, 2015
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