The primary cause of hearing loss
is the blockage of the ear. The most common amongst all is the blockage caused
by ear wax or cerumen. There are specially designed tools in the doctor’s
clinic that are used to remove this ea wax easily. At times the wax is flushed
out with water too. People need to be careful while opting for the readily
available wax control preparations that are available at the chemist shops as
there lays a danger of contacting ear infections.
Can be Several Other Causes That can Lead to Hearing Loss:
ear canal gets shut due to swelling. This can be attributed to several
other factors like infections and even acute cold.
of foreign elements inside the ear.
sudden injury or trauma.
defects those are present right from birth.
is a sudden growth inside the ear canal.
One needs to note that all these are causes that can
lead to hearing loss in the sense that the volume gets fainter and fainter with
the passage of time, if the condition goes untreated. But these factors do not
distort the structural condition of the ear.
of Hearing Loss in the Middle Ear:
This is a temporary hearing loss where the inner
lining of the middle ear gets swelled. It happens due to the accumulation of
the fluid, commonly known as pus. The fluid gets stored behind the ear drum and
envelops the three tiny bones or the ossicles. This makes it difficult for
these structures to work properly and hearing loss ensues.
Antibiotics and decongestants are prescribed to
treat this condition and the fluid is made to drain out by surgically piercing
a small hole on the ear drum. This process is termed as Myringotomy.
This infection is observed mostly in children and
sometimes in adults. The medical term for glue ear is chronic Otitis media with
effusion. This condition is treated by placing ear tubes or through
Myringotomy. The condition is caused by the malfunctioning of the Eustachian
tube that links the ear and the throat. The tube helps in maintaining the
pressure balance of the middle ear with the ear canal and the environment.
Due to a swelling or allergy,
the Eustachian tube does not open and the air present in the middle ear gets
trapped. Gradually the air absorbs into the blood stream and the pressure
balance gets distorted as a vacuum is created inside the middle ear causing
retracted ear drum. With the rise of the negative pressure fluid begins to seep
out of the blood vessels and give rise to the condition called glue ear.
This is a hereditary disease where a new bone grows
beside any one of the three tiny bones in the middle ear. This hinders the bone
transmission of sound traveling from the ear drum to the inner ear thereby
resulting in hearing loss.
They can be of various types and most of them are
external factors. Sometimes the defects are found to be in the inner ear
structures which are basically corrected through surgeries.
Hearing loss can also be caused by
sudden noises, other infections, associated neural problems, allergies, high blood
pressure, aids and even diabetes and cancer.