Noise Induced Hearing Loss - Treatment

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What can be done to treat hearing loss?

If a person has any of these symptoms that suggest hearing loss, he or she should consult a physician with special training in ear and hearing disorders(an otolaryngologist or otologist). This type of doctor can diagnose hearing problems and recommend the best way to manage them.

While there is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss, there is some promising research being done. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is looking at the use of antioxidants to prevent hearing loss and restore hearing. NIDCD-funded researchers have shown that aspirin and vitamin E can reduce hearing loss if used before exposure to loud noise.

Researchers at the University of Michigan used vitamins A, C, E and magnesium prior to loud noise exposure to prevent hearing loss in animal studies. Studies on people are in progress.

For examples of sounds measured in dBs, The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery provides an Interactive Loudness Scale.

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Comment from: freespirit328, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I have hearing loss and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber 90 minutes at a time. Also, I had an MRI of my head at an angle, with and without contrast, to make sure there is no acoustic neuroma, which may have added to my hearing loss.

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