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Dr. Mike Bowman
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How does being deaf affect your social life?

How does being deaf affect your social life?

Many ways: It depends alot on the individual. Hearing loss of any degree can be very isolating. Hearing aids can help hearing loss and sometimes cochlear implants can give hearing to the deaf. In either case, it is difficult to understand others on the phone and in noisy environments, making communication more difficult. Early identification and treatment of deafness/hearing loss helps improve outcomes. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Strudwick
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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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How does deafness affect a person's life?

How does deafness affect a person's life?

Deafness: Hello. You pose a very interesting question. The best way to answer your question is to try to describe sensory loss. Imagine being blind. It would be a devastating occurrence however like a deaf person, you would adjust and acclimate. Fortunately there are surgical procedures now that can help restore hearing. Such as cochlear implants. This gives hope to those with hearing loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Strudwick
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Which diseases can cause you to go deaf early in life?

Which diseases can cause you to go deaf early in life?

Several: There are several ear diseases that can result in profound deafness. These include viral infections of the inner ear; very severe middle ear infections that traverse the windows leading to inner ear infection; sudden sensori-neural hearing loss; autoimmune inner ear disease; meningitis. These may all occur within the first decade of life. ...Read more

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Dr. Hanford Brace
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All my life I always had ear problems.Now I use a q tip .And went deaf. What can I do?

All my life I always had ear problems.Now I use a q tip .And went deaf. What can I do?

Ear Wax: When using a qtip you are packing the ear wax just like the soldiers did when packing their muskets with powder! you likely just have ear wax packed in your ear totally blocking the ear canal and hearing. See your pcp and get him to remove the wax safely. Probably like magic your hearing is back. A drop of olive oil in each ear at night will prevent another build up of wax. No qtips please. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Strudwick
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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What are 6 ways a bionic ear (cochlear implant) can improve a deaf persons quality of life?

What are 6 ways a bionic ear (cochlear implant) can improve a deaf persons quality of life?

Why 6 ways?: A cochlear implant is a device that is most often implanted when a person has bilateral profound or complete hearing loss. The quality of life that will be improved with a successful outcome, is that you will hear and understand language. It is not bionic, but a magnetic device connected to the inner ear via a wire. Sound energy will convert the inner ear via the wire to electrical impulses. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Giannotta
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How can meningitis affect deaf people with cochlear implants?

How can  meningitis affect deaf people with cochlear implants?

Depends: Shouldn't affect the device but they may choose to temporarily remove it to get rid of the infection. ...Read more

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Dr. William Goldie
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Streptomycin how does affect ears does it cause deafness?

Streptomycin how does affect ears does it cause deafness?

Toxic to hair cells: This antibiotic can become concentrated in the fluid of the inner ear. It causes a toxic reaction to the hair cells of the inner ear, at high levels it can kill off these hair cells with permanent hearing loss. Careful monitoring of levels of the antibiotic are necessary. There are better and less toxic antibiotics now in use. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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How can meningitis affect deaf people with cochlear implants?

How can meningitis affect deaf people with cochlear implants?

Rarely: It can happen to anybody. It is an extremely rare complication of cochlear implantation. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. David Astrachan
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What could cause someone to suddenly go deaf?

What could cause someone to suddenly go deaf?

Most often wax: Fortunately, the most often reason is wax. People have a near complete blockage and can hear ok, when it becomes complete they feel "deaf." if not wax it can be middle ear fluid and rarely a viral illness that truly causes deafness. The key is is to see an ENT doctor right away as viral sudden deafness needs to be treated within 72 hours to have the best chance of recovery. ...Read more

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