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What Is The Life Expectancy Of Someone With Hereditary Deafness
How does a person inherit hereditary deafness is it dominant or recessive genectic or chromosomal
The hearing deficit in hereditary hearing impairment (hhi) may be present at birth (congenital), progressive from birth, or it may develop when the child is older.
Approximately 80 percent of cases of hhi are inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, 15 percent are autosomal dominant, 2 percent are x-linked (mainly recessive), and 1 percent are mitochondrial. ...Read more
Do you know if leech therapy can restore any hearing loss which has been a hereditary condition (nerve deafness)?
Scam: Leeches have been used experimentally for skin ulcers, but the crazy stuff that's being endorsed by celebrities nowadays (putting them on acupuncture points, using them with castor oil massages, and so forth) is just silly. They'll target hereditary hearing loss because you may be desperate, real science has little to offer, and wishful thinking makes people say it seems to be working. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Nerve damage: Extensive damage that can be as a result of trauma, accident, military explosives, minefields, gunshot injuries, or a result of congenital defects or diseases. ...Read more
Sure: Depends on what was injured.Get a more detailed answer ›
Loud noises: Hello, excessive loud noises like that of a human scream could cause a noise induced sensory neural hearing loss. It would be rare for you to go completely deaf from this solo event but the hearing loss you may have sustained may not recover. And actually seed a slow deterioration of your hearing. See your ENT and avoid anymore loud noises without protection. ...Read more
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 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
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
Yes: These are not mutually exclusive disorders.Get a more detailed answer ›
SEVERAL MECHANISMS: These days, loud noises from rock concerts, head phones, loud music in the home. But as we age, our hearing does deteriorate, and we loss high frequencies first. There are also episodes of trauma, Meniere's and other diseases which can eventuate in deafness. ...Read more
Not completely: Loud music may cause permanent high frequency hearing loss but almost never produces total deafness. Your question begs the following answer. Many young people are developing permanent high frequency hearing losses because of rock concerts, ear phone music if the volume is too high. A good idea is "turn it to the left" which means turn the volume down. More young people are losing hearing. ...Read more
Yes: An autoimmune disorder can cause deafness although this is a rare cause. Certain medications have also caused deafness through toxicity. These situations show more rapid onset deafness rather than the more common gradually developing hearing loss which may be genetic or degenerative. ...Read more
Cochlear implant: I am familiar with the cochlear nerve implant for deafness. It is important to separate whether deafness preceded or followed hearing; ie from birth or prior to acquiring spoken language or after. The satisfaction of hearing from cochlear implant for native deaf is less than from acquired deafness later in life. ...Read more
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