How Do You Know If Your Hearing Loss Is Permanent or Temporary?

With the exception of physical deformity, most conductive hearing losses can be treated medically or surgically. Conductive hearing losses can re-occur so monitoring is necessary. (Recurring middle ear fluid is particularly common in children.) Also, if left untreated, conductive hearing loss can become permanent. Treatment then becomes hearing aid amplification with assistive devices as necessary.

Sensorineural hearing losses cannot be corrected medically or surgically. When an individual is diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss it is essential that they be fit with hearing aid amplification as quickly as possible. Further, they will need to be seen by a Speech – Language Pathologist to assess language and communication needs. Assistive listening devices may also be necessary.