Today there seems to be medications for everything. How is a patient to know if something they are taking will cause them to lose hearing? Can medications really cause hearing loss? Read on to find out.
Cochlear Implants - Anatomic Criteria
In today’s world of medicine and the rising costs of health care people are naturally concerned that they are getting the highest quality in care. Often people believe that unless they are actually seeing a medical doctor rather than a Physician's Assistant or Nurse Practitioner or in this case an audiologist, they may not be getting the highest quality of care for their money. So... are audiologists medical doctors? Keep reading to discover the difference.
After your initial otologic/audiologic evaluation, you may be referred for a technology evaluation to determine the most appropriate type of technology to rehabilitate your hearing loss. This cochlear implant testing is done because sometimes hearing aids are not the most appropriate option to rehabilitate a patient’s hearing loss. Our experts at Arizona Hearing Center want to make sure that all possible technology solutions a presented to each patient. Our patients are expected to bring a significant other/family member/friend to this appointment as well as all future appointments at our office to facilitate the best outcome possible for the patient. Unlike a traditional hearing test, a CI evaluation is completed with the use of hearing aids (your own, clinic hearing aids, or both). This evaluation takes about an hour to complete. At the conclusion of the appointment, a recommendation is given as to the best treatment option for the patient. If hearing aids are the recommended course of action, the patient is provided with information on obtaining devices. When a patient is identified as a cochlear implant candidate, the patient is enrolled in the cochlear implant education process.
The shock stops here.
Many sudden sensorineural hearing loss patients take a combination of oral steroids and transtympanic infusions in an attempt to recover their hearing. When it comes to each patient's outcome, however, the results may be wildly different.