Hearing loss


Diagnostic assessments for identifying hearing loss may involve:

  • Physical examination: A doctor examines your ear to identify potential causes of hearing loss, such as earwax or infections. The structure of your ear may also be assessed for potential contributing factors to hearing issues.
  • Screening examinations: Utilizing a whisper test, where one ear is covered at a time while listening to words spoken at various volumes, can reveal your responsiveness to different sounds.
  • Appbased hearing assessments: Selfscreening for hearing loss can be conducted using a mobile app on your tablet.
  • Tuning fork tests: Tuning forks, twopronged metal instruments producing sounds upon striking, can be employed for simple tests to detect hearing loss and identify the location of ear damage.
  • Audiometer tests: Conducted by an audiologist, a specialist in hearing loss, these comprehensive tests involve directing sounds and words through earphones to each ear. Tones are presented at varying low levels to determine the minimum sound level you can perceive.


Assistance is available for hearing issues, and the chosen treatment is contingent on the cause and severity of the hearing loss. Available options encompass:

  • Earwax removal: Hearing loss caused by earwax blockage is a reversible issue. A healthcare provider may use suction or a small tool with a loop to eliminate the earwax.
  • Surgery: Certain types of hearing loss can be addressed through surgical interventions. In cases of recurrent infections leading to fluid accumulation in the ear, a healthcare provider might insert small tubes to facilitate ear drainage.
  • Hearing aids: If hearing loss results from inner ear damage, a hearing aid can be a valuable solution. An audiologist, specializing in hearing issues, can provide information on the benefits of hearing aids and discuss available types. Audiologists are also proficient in fitting individuals with hearing aids.
  • Cochlear implants: When hearing aids offer limited improvement, a cochlear implant may be considered. Unlike hearing aids that amplify and direct sound into the ear canal, a cochlear implant stimulates the hearing nerve by bypassing dysfunctional parts of the inner ear. Audiologists and healthcare providers trained in otolaryngology (ENT) can assess the risks and benefits of cochlear implants.