Understanding Genetic Hearing Loss
At Advanced Hearing, we offer tailored and affordable hearing aids to help alleviate the symptoms of hearing loss. We understand that by having a deep understanding of the different types of hearing loss, including the different causes, symptoms and treatments, can help sufferers to find the very best hearing aid, with costly prices. Often, other types of treatments are available for sufferers of a variety of different diagnosis and types, as well as advisable preventative methods which protect against any worsening of hearing loss.
Today, we are discussing hearing loss that is inherited genetically.
What Types of Hearing Loss Can Be Genetically Inherited?
Essentially, all types of hearing loss can be genetic. There are various different medical terms which help us to understand the causes of different hearing losses. These can include sensorineural, conductive, as well as syndromic or nonsyndromic. Sensorineural hearing loss involves damage to the inner ear, particularly the area called the cochlea, a spiralled tube where sensitive hair cells live. Conductive hearing loss involves damage to the outer ear area. To read more about the different types of hearing loss, see our previous blog series on types of hearing loss. All of these types can be associated with genetic hearing loss.
How Is Genetic Hearing Loss Diagnosed?
The causes of all types of hearing loss can be very difficult to diagnose. However, an accurate, professional diagnosis is crucial for finding the right treatments and the correctly functioning hearing aids. If an accurate diagnosis is found, the sufferer may be significantly more likely to cope with their symptoms and to live a high quality of life. Genetic forms of hearing loss can often be distinguished from non-genetic (or acquired) causes of many types of hearing loss. Usually, genetic forms are diagnosed via otologic, audiologic, and physical examination. The specialist doctor will also be interested in the sufferer's family history. The doctor is also likely to undertake ancillary testing, as well as molecular genetic testing.
How Is Genetically Inherited Hearing Loss Treated?
Once specialists have identified the specific type of hearing loss and the causes for the symptoms, they will be able to identify the specific type of treatments and coping strategies that are likely to be most effective. As there can be a variety of causes and sets of symptoms of genetic hearing loss, there is no one treatment that will be effective for them all. However, the good news is that for the majority of hearing loss types, hearing aids can make a significant difference, helping sufferers to live a normal life and cope with the hearing loss. Hearing aids can be a great choice for those who do not want to undergo interruptive and severe treatment. Hearing aids are also an affordable option. Vibrotactile devices can also sometimes help to cope with symptoms. Long-term treatments such as cochlear implantation can sometimes be considered in children with ages over 12 months old, who are experiencing and are diagnosed with severe-to-profound hearing loss.
Are you experiencing genetic hearing loss? Have you already received a specific diagnosis?
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