Ears are such an important part of the human body, but as you get older, they can also become damaged. There are many causes for this problem. In some cases, it’s a hereditary condition. In others, it may be the result of a trauma that happened to the ear such as a loud noise or a foreign object that was stuck in the ear.
Ears naturally have hairs that cover the inside of the ear. If there is damage to these hairs, the hearing will be impaired. It’s not only the hair that is damaged, either. Tiny hair-like structures called ceratin are sensitive to sound and vibration, which explains why so many people suffer from tinnitus.
Damage to the inner ear can affect the cochlea. This is the part of the ear that hears sound. If the cochlea becomes damaged, the hearing will be impaired. This can occur with a fall or accident, or even through loud noise.
Ears can also be affected by wax build-up. If you constantly hear with your own ears ringing, you may need to clean them. Cleaning your ears is actually quite simple. All you have to do is wash them with warm water a couple times a day.
Ears are similar to the eyes in so many ways. They have tiny pupils that allow them to see very well. When something bright and shiny enter the ear, the pupils close. This helps reduce the amount of light that enters the ears. That’s why when somebody is blindfolded, they can still recognize someone’s face. The same thing goes for the eardrum.
Ears also have what are known as sensory papillae. These are small lumps on the outer side of the ear. They are there to direct sound to the brain so that it can reproduce it in auditory waves. There are times when the sensory papillae may move away from the center of the ear, causing the ringing.
Ears are located deep inside the ear, behind the hair. This is where the auditory nerves come from. So if you are suffering from any other disorders, it may also affect your ears. There are many disorders of the inner ear that can cause hearing loss. Sinus infection, earwax blockage, middle ear infection, high blood pressure or even a tumor can make it worse.
There are other causes for hearing loss too. These include aging, or being born with a deformity of the inner ear. Sometimes it’s genetic or a side effect from a drug you’re taking. You can go to an audiologist to have your ears checked.
One of the simplest things you can do to fix this problem, is called conductive keratotomy. This involves cutting the nerve that runs from the ear to the brain. The result is that the brain doesn’t receive direct signal. This can sometimes bring some relief to the person. If this doesn’t work, then there are surgical alternatives.
There are three options: Vacuum tube cochlear implants, In Ear Implant surgery and conductive keratotomy. Out of these, the vacuum tube cochlear implant is the least invasive option. It requires placing a device inside the ear; this device is made of a plastic tube. This device is surgically placed within the canal.
In Ear Implant surgery, your audiologist will make tiny incisions in your eardrum and remove the device from the inside. The doctor may place the device a little under the skin. This is better than having it sit outside the canal, but it is still fairly invasive. This procedure may also leave scarring. If there is a good surgeon, they will make a very small incision and leave no visible scar.
The third option is conductive keratotomy. This is the least invasive, but also the most painful. A microscopic incision is made in the outer ear where the hearing nerve is, this is stitched and you may have to take several days off of work. This may be uncomfortable, but is probably worth it to have your ears hearing back again.
You may have to live with your ears for the rest of your life, but there are treatments available. Your hearing professional can give you more advice and information on which treatment is best for your type of hearing loss. You may find that you need more than one treatment. Your medical care provider should be able to tell you all of the options and what to expect after your ears hearing has been restored.