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When do I need a hearing aid?

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Not everyone with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Most of the time, they’re for people who have damage to their inner ear or the nerve that links the ear with the brain. The damage can come from:

Hearing loss that results from problems with the ear canal, eardrum, or middle ear is called conductive hearing loss. Most of the time, surgery or other medical help can make it better. But those options aren’t right for everyone. If you have an open ear canal and a relatively normal external ear, a hearing aid may help.

  • Disease
  • Aging
  • Loud noises
  • Medications

From: Hearing Aid Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: "Hearing Aids."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids."

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Burying a Hearing Aid."

Audiology Online.

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on May 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: "Hearing Aids."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids."

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Burying a Hearing Aid."

Audiology Online.

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on May 10, 2017

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