Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hearing Loss in the Elderly Treatment

Treatment for presbycusis may include a hearing aid, learning how to lip-read, and surgery.

Treatment for presbycusis may include:

  • Lip reading for presbycusis
  • Hearing aid for presbycusis
  • Surgery for presbycusis:
    • Cochlear implant
    • For those who have profound hearing loss and limited improvement with hearing aids

Hearing Loss in the Elderly Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of presbycusis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Will I need a hearing aid?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Will I need to learn how to read lips?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complete hearing loss?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Hearing Loss in the Elderly Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat presbycusis:

Hearing Loss in the Elderly Surgery

A cochlear implant may be a option in some patients with severe deafness due to presbycusis.

Cochlear implants pick up sound through a tiny microphone attached near the ear. The implants send the sounds through a computer and back to a transmitter. The sounds are then delivered to the auditory nerve.

Cochlear implants are used in those with severe hearing loss, when hearing aids provide no benefit. Infants benefit most from a cochlear implant, because it may allow for normal development of speech.

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Last Updated: Nov 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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