Hearing problems are a common problem. In fact, hearing loss affects approximately 14% of Americans and more than half of those over 75, making hearing loss twice as common as cancer or diabetes. But there’s good news — many forms of hearing loss respond to treatment.
Dr. Vandana Kumra understands the causes behind hearing loss and offers the most advanced solutions to address them at ENT New York in New York City. Hearing loss symptoms can occur for numerous reasons, varying from mild to moderate to severe. A comprehensive hearing evaluation can help you understand your condition more clearly.
If you have hearing loss, here’s what you can expect from this exam and your results.
Getting to the source of the problem
Hearing issues may seem straightforward, but different types affect different parts of the inner, middle, or outer ear.
Common causes of hearing loss include:
- Damage to the ear canal or eardrum
- Structural problems with the ear
- Infections or obstructions
- Exposure to loud noises
Fortunately, Dr. Kumra can use a hearing evaluation to determine what’s behind your symptoms.
During a hearing exam, Dr. Kumra visually evaluates the outside of your ear. Then, she uses a special instrument with a light, an otoscope, to look inside your ear. Dr. Kumra also performs sound tests to assess your response to different noises and their loudness.
The entire evaluation is quick and painless. You don’t have to study in advance because there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. Instead, your results give Dr. Kumra the information she needs to diagnose your condition so she can create a management strategy.
What happens after your hearing evaluation
After your hearing evaluation, Dr. Kumra explains your results and the best course of action.
Since hearing issues develop for very different reasons, the treatment protocol varies on a case-by-case basis.
Common methods for treating, managing, or improving hearing problems include:
- Cleaning the ear canal to remove blockages or debris
- Medications to treat infections or fluid build-up
- Hearing aids to address damage or structural degeneration
Dr. Kumra could also recommend surgery to treat other issues, like benign tumors or calcified bones.
With Dr. Kumra’s help, you can get answers for your hearing changes and find ways to manage and improve your hearing moving forward.
Have you noticed changes in your hearing? Schedule a hearing evaluation and examination with Vandana Kumra, MD, by calling 914-867-0399 today.