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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Hearing Loss (Definition)

A partial or total loss of the ability to hear that can affect ...Read more


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Will hearing aid use prevent further damage and hearing loss for someone with sensory neuronal hearing loss?

Will hearing aid use prevent further damage and hearing loss for someone with sensory neuronal hearing loss?

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. ...Read more

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What's the history of hearing loss, or hearing impairment with age?

What's the history of hearing loss, or hearing impairment with age?

Gradual HF loss: Many people will experience gradual bilateral high frequency loss with age. In some the loss will become severe enough that it interferes with ability to discriminate voices or hear in general. Some hearing loss is clearly attributable to noise exposure, but some is likely genetic as well. ...Read more

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Any tips for dealing emotionally with total hearing loss?

Any tips for dealing emotionally with total hearing loss?

Find support: Groups like the hearing loss association of america and self help for hard of hearing people can provide emotional support for those with hearing loss. Depression can be a common result of hearing loss and isolation, so please also consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Who gets the hearing loss presbycusis?

Who gets the hearing loss presbycusis?

Presbycusis: Presbycusis is the normal hearing loss that comes along with age. Almost everyone if you live long enough will have some gradual deterioration of hearing. This is normal. ...Read more

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How is living with a hearing impairment?

How is living with a hearing impairment?

We navigate: Through this world based on the evidence of our senses. Imagine you were not able to hear. How would people be able to assist you. How would you know if someone was warning you of danger. How would someone be able to tell you the date and time? One of the mainstays of working with patients is to keep them involved in the world around them and in today. ...Read more

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Can someone with a hearing loss become audiologist?

Absolutely: Hearing loss does not have to limit your professional options. If you're interested in audiology- go for it. ...Read more

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Can tinnitus in one ear with no hearing loss be fixed?

Can tinnitus in one ear with no hearing loss be fixed?

Depends on the cause: There are many different things that cause tinnitus. I recommend you see an otolaryngologist for a full evaluation. Be prepared with your medical ; surgical history and write down ahead of time all the medications (even herbals ; vitamins) that you're taking. Plan to discuss when your problem started and the quality of the tinnitus (high-pitched? Rushing sound? Continuous? Rhythmic? Etc...). ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter help for someone with hearing loss & deafness?

Need an evaluation: Hearing loss and deafness is such a serious problem that recommending something over the counter without a good history or exam is not wise. Could it be wax? Sure, but i've seen many cases thought to be wax that were more serious. Please see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is otosclerosis-conductive hearing loss in child?

What is otosclerosis-conductive hearing loss in child?

Otosclerosis: Otosclerosis is where the third ear bone or stapes becomes fixed, unable to vibrate and transmit sound energy to the inner ear. More common in adults though it can be found in children. ...Read more

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Any connection with MS and hearing loss?

MS: can produce hearing loss. Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials can sometimes help distinguish between hearing loss due to central pathway disruption and more peripheral causes (as might occur in the setting of s[read of infection from Mastoiditis) Ask your neurologist about BAER testing. ...Read more

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Can a hearing aid help a person with mild hearing loss?

Can a hearing aid help a person with mild hearing loss?

Yes: It depends on what type hearing loss you have. Minor amplifications of sound may be sufficient for mild hearing loss. However it needs evaluation by an ENT and an audiologist. ...Read more

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How are hearing loss and otitis media related?

How are hearing loss and otitis media related?

Hearing loss/OM: You hear when sound waves jiggle your eardrum, which in turn moves the tiny bones in the middle ear. They then send signals to the inner ear, up to the brain and then you hear. In otitis media, there is often fluid or pressure problems in that middle ear space that makes the movement of those tiny little bones poor at best, so affects the transmission of the sound waves through the middle ear. ...Read more

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I have moderate hearing loss w/bi lat. hearing aides. Which is better: learning sign language w/no hearing aides, or hearing aides w/no sign language?

My vote is for...: Hearing aids with no sign language is better than sign language with no hearing aids. With hearing aids, one can hear broadcasts, such as music or voice, and one can hear what other people say (because the vast majority of people don't know how to express themselves using sign language). Also, with hearing aids, one can hear sounds from machines (like cars) and from animals (such as barking). ...Read more

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Are there any special of hearing aids useful for severe hearing loss?

Are there any special of hearing aids useful for severe hearing loss?

Depends: Even profound hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. If it is beyond being aided with a hearing aid... Cochlear implants may be beneficial. When looking at hearing loss another critical factor is not just the decibel loss for pure tones but the ability to discriminate. Some patietns with moderate hearing loss may have very poor discrimination... Not good candidates for hearing aids. ...Read more

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