There can be many causes of hearing loss in adults. The ear is divided into three parts- external (outer), middle and inner ear. Problems in any of these areas can cause a hearing loss.
Hearing loss can be either due to interruption to the conduction of the sound to the ear (an external or middle ear problem) or a 'sensorineural' problem (inner ear or the nerve traveling from the ear to the brain).
A detailed history and examination is the best way to work out why your hearing has deteriorated. Following this, an audiogram (hearing test) can quantify both the severity of your hearing loss and confirm the type of hearing loss (conductive or sensorineural, see above).
Click here to read more about audiology services at ENT SA.
Sometimes scans are required. Depending on the type of hearing loss I may recommend either a CT scan or an MRI scan. Often we can make the diagnosis and recommend treatment for hearing loss without needing scans.
We are currently in unchartered waters with the COVID-19 pandemic. At ENTSA we are, as always, committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and our patients. Ear, nose and throat examinations and surgery however are considered extremely high risk for virus transmission and so we are making changes in our practice.
The current recommendations from the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) are:
As a result of this, our practice is changing. We are still here to care for new and existing patients. We have established a Telehealth system to enable continuity of care for existing patients and a ‘non-contact’ option for new patients to access an initial assessment and commencement of treatment.
Please call us to discuss Telehealth options on: (08) 7200 2539
We will still see some patients in the office however this will be limited to protect the health of you and our staff.
If you attend, we ask you to comply with the following: