Hearing Loss Treatment in Orange County, CA
When people think of hearing loss, they often believe it only affects seniors. But did you know that approximately 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 suffer from some form of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss? That number doesn’t even include those under 69 who suffer hearing loss due to other factors, some of which are listed below.
To schedule an appointment to have your hearing tested, call the Southern California ENT office nearest you or request an appointment online today. We have offices in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach. Our licensed audiologists Kim Baldock-Mahloch, AuD and Susan Eckardt, AuD have over 35 years of experience combined diagnosing and treating hearing loss.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
NIHL is the most common cause of hearing loss. Depending on a combination of factors including the intensity, frequency, and duration of noise, sound can damage our hearing.
Sudden hearing loss can occur from exposure to one very high level of sound, such as an explosion. Even though exposure may only last a brief amount of time, temporary or permanent damage is possible.
In most cases, damage will occur over time. Sounds less than 75 dB will not cause hearing loss, but anything over 85 dB may be harmful to our ears. Common sources of noises over 75 dB include music and live events, power tools such as chainsaws or leaf blowers, or even car horns in traffic.
Sleep apnea doesn’t only affect your sleep, it also increases your risk of losing your hearing due to the effects of the vascular supply to the inner ear. In a recent study conducted by the American Thoracic Society, people with sleep apnea had a 31 percent increased risk of high frequency impairment and 90 percent had an increased risk of low frequency hearing impairment.
High blood glucose levels that are found in people with diabetes can damage vessels in the stria vascularis and nerves. If you have diabetes, it is wise to schedule regular hearing tests with your physician.
Due to smoking’s effect on vascular supply to the auditory system, smoking can cause hearing loss in both smokers and people who live with smokers.
Use of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen
Pain relievers like ibuprofen can reduce blood flow to the cochlea, which can lead to impaired hearing. They can also impact the structures that protect the cochlea.
Popping your ears on an airplane or in an elevator might make your ears feel better, but the pressure can result in a torn ear drum and damaged hearing.
How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed and Treated?
If you notice that your hearing isn’t as good as it used to be, don’t panic. It could be caused by NIHL, impacted ear wax, an ear infection, or some other source. An experienced Ear Nose and Throat audiologist like those at Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat will perform several tests to determine what is causing the issue.
If hearing loss does occur, it can be treated, but not completely cured.
Schedule a Hearing Loss Consultation
The audiology specialists with Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat will be able to offer suggestions to prevent further hearing loss and may fit you with a hearing aid if necessary. For more information on hearing loss, contact the Southern California ENT office nearest you, or request an appointment through our secure online form. We have ENT clinics in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, and Long Beach.