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Hearing Disorders

Hearing disorders fall into two different categories: permanent and non-permanent. Permanent hearing damage occurs when the inner ear nerve is damaged. Types of non-permanent hearing disorders occur when sound waves cannot reach the inner ear because of ear-wax blockage, an excess of fluid, or a punctured ear drum. Ear problems are caused by hereditary, trauma, a poor reaction to medication, hearing or continual exposure to loud noises.

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Are Your Ears Damaging Your Marriage?

By DuPage Medical Group Audiology

Take our quiz to understand if your hearing is impacting your relationships, lifestyle or even your career.

Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat , Hearing Disorders & Senior's Health

Ear Drum Scarring

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

Otosclerosis is a common cause of hearing loss affecting many patients and can be passed down in families. It is a disease of the middle ear bones which causes an abnormal fusion or fixation to the inner ear. This fixation of the last bone (the stapes bone) prevents sounds from getting to the inner ear, causing a conductive hearing loss. This type of hearing loss usually can be reversible.

Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health , Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

Ear Infections: Treatment Options

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

Otitis Media is one of the most common conditions for which children require medical treatment. This condition also affects adults, but to a much lesser degree. Otitis media can be subdivided into several conditions:

Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

Are Your Ears Ringing?

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus).

Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

Sudden Hearing Loss

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), or sudden deafness, is a rapid loss of hearing. SSHL can happen to a person all at once or over a period of up to 3 days. It should be considered a medical emergency. A person who experiences SSHL should visit a doctor immediately.

Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

Did You Know? Different Types of Ear Infections

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

There are many different types of ear infections that all have different symptoms.

Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health , Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

Ringing In the Ears: Neuromonics Treatment

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

Neuromonics treatment is centered on promoting the brain’s natural capacity to recreate neural connections in order to better filter out tinnitus awareness.

Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

The Bone Anchored Hearing Aid: Treatment for Single-Sided Hearing Loss

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

The Cochlear Corp BAHA and Oticon Medical Ponto are surgically implanted treatment options for single sided deafness (SSD). Like TransEar, the BAHA and Ponto functions through direct transfer of sound through bone vibration from the “non-hearing” ear to the better hearing ear.

Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

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