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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Hearing plays an important role in the development of your child’s social and functional skills, especially their speech and ability to communicate. It is important to identify and treat any hearing difficulties your child may be experiencing early in order to minimize the impact on their quality of life. When hearing loss occurs in small children who are not yet able to communicate, it can be more difficult to detect. To help, our audiologists share some of the most common signs of hearing loss in children and when to consider a hearing assessment.

By DuPage Medical Group Audiology
We take steps to stay well and prevent a variety of health conditions every day – from maintaining a balanced diet and staying active, to wearing bug repellent and blocking harmful UV rays with sunscreen and sunglasses – but most of us forget to protect our hearing. Many popular recreational activities expose you to loud noises that can damage your hearing. Our audiologists share which activities put you at risk and what you can do to prevent hearing loss so you can enjoy your favorite pastimes without sacrificing your hearing.
Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

As we get older, it is common to experience changes in your health that can be easy to shrug off as a normal part of the aging process. It is important to understand why these changes occur, what is considered “normal” and when to seek medical care. Your primary care physician may recommend you consult with a specialist to help manage certain age-related health conditions to keep you healthy and active throughout adulthood.

By DuPage Medical Group Audiology
Take our quiz to understand if your hearing is impacting your relationships, lifestyle or even your career.

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.

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

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

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

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology
There are many different types of ear infections that all have different symptoms.

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

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