The most common type of hearing loss occurs gradually over time. While this condition cannot be cured, there are many ways to improve your quality of life by amplifying sound, thanks to today’s innovative technology. At The Barranco Clinic, we provide a personalized treatment plan that comprehensively addresses your hearing loss issues and helps you regain your confidence.

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What Causes Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors, which become more numerous as we age. Generally, hearing loss is caused by earwax, fluid, foreign objects, ear infections, injury, or a structural imperfection. The most common causes of hearing loss include the following:

  • Damage to or structural defects of the inner ear
  • A buildup of earwax
  • Ear infection
  • Abnormal bone growths or tumors
  • Ruptured eardrum 

Hearing Loss Treatment 

Your treatment is decided upon after a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and your medical background. Some of the most common techniques used to resolve your healing loss issues include:

Earwax Removal

A build-up of earwax can affect your hearing and also cause discomfort and tinnitus. We will use a small suctioning device to clear the channel of debris while carefully preserving your internal ear structures.

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Surgery

Once non-invasive methods of solving your issue have been exhausted, we will consider surgery to address structural defects related to your loss of hearing.

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Hearing Aids

Today’s hearing aids are not the bulky, conspicuous devices your grandparents had. These tiny instruments worn behind the ears help to maximize the volume of nearby sounds, helping you to connect more with the people around you. The devices can be adjusted to your desired settings so that you can tune in and out when needed.

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Types of Hearing Loss

Conductive – When sound waves are not able to travel from the outer and middle ear to the inner ear, conductive hearing loss occurs. The cause of this condition may be earwax, foreign objects, fluid, infection, injury, or a structural imperfection. Conductive hearing loss can be addressed through surgery or medical treatments and is most common in young children.

Sensorineural – This is the most widely found type of hearing loss. It occurs as a result of the aging process, exposure to high decibels, injury, disease, genetics, or certain medications. While it is not medically treatable, it can be lessened with hearing aids.

Mixed – This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. With mixed hearing loss, it’s essential that a hearing test is performed to discover the exact cause of the problem and the best solution. 

Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Misunderstanding what people say
  • Needing others to repeat themselves
  • Having trouble differentiating sounds in noisy environments
  • Needing the TV or music to be at the highest volume
  • Hard time hearing on the phone
  • Hard time following a conversation
  • Everything sounds far away
  • Difficult to detect which direction sound is coming from

Hearing Loss Symptoms in Babies:

  • Do not startle when exposed to loud noises
  • Hear some sounds but not others
  • Do not react to their name being called
  • Do not turn towards the sound of voices by 4 months of age
  • Are not saying recognizable words by 15 months of age

Hearing Loss Symptoms in Children:

  • Take a long time learning speech
  • Don’t answer when called
  • Speak loudly
  • Need questions repeated
  • Listen to TV at high volumes

About The Barranco Clinic

The Barranco Clinic provides comprehensive ENT care in Lake Wales, Winter Haven, Haines City, Sebring, and Clermont. Patients are addressed as unique individuals, and each treatment plan is highly customized. The four pillars of our practice are as follows:

Personalized Treatment

We listen carefully to your concerns and goals and craft a solution that is perfectly fitted to your lifestyle, comfort levels, anatomy, and desired outcome.

Top-rated Physician Network

We work with among the highest-rated physicians and providers in the area, delivering exceptional care that will exceed your expectations. Each of our practitioners is carefully vetted and meticulously trained, offering you a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Continuity of Care

Your patient experience is seamless, stress-free, and rewarding. From our state-of-the-art technology and equipment to the compassion and guidance provided by our nationally recognized medical team, you benefit from the ongoing collaboration between every practitioner and staff member at The Barranco Clinic.

Community Investment

We care deeply about our communities and extend our help outside the walls of our clinics. Whether we are supporting local charities or organizing uplifting activities for at-risk populations, we focus on a culture that is inclusive, kind, and generous to all.

Who Is Affected?

  • Those with a genetic predisposition or hereditary condition
  • Those over age 60
  • Those exposed to loud noises at work
  • Those with injuries or diseases of the ear
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Hearing Loss FAQ

Does everyone experience hearing loss as they age?

While not every person will lose their hearing entirely, some degree of hearing loss is common in about 50% of the population over the age of 65 in the United States.

Can hearing loss be reversed?

It depends on the situation. It may be possible to remove blockages that prohibit proper hearing. In other cases, it may only be possible to amplify sound through the use of hearing aids.

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