Otolaryngology (Hearing Loss)
Otolaryngology is a medical study where physicians are trained in the medical and surgical management of patients with disorders affecting their ear, nose, throat and other related structures of the head and neck. Otolaryngologist or ENT physician is a person who practices otolaryngology.
Hearing loss or presbycusis is common as people age. In fact, about 25 percent of people in the United States, ages between 55 to 64 years old have some degrees of hearing loss. About 1 is to 2 in older people than 65, are found to be suffering from hearing loss.
Several factors can affect an individual’s ability to hear properly. Aging, chronic exposure to loud noises and excessive earwax are known to affect the hearing ability of an individual.
The following are signs and symptoms of hearing loss:
- Trouble hearing consonants
- Speech and other sounds are muffled
- Asking others frequently to speak more clearly and slowly
- When there is a background noise, there could be difficulty in understanding words
- Needs to turn on the radio or TV
- Avoidance of some social settings
- Withdrawal from conversations
There are some causes of hearing loss, including:
Damage to the inner ear
When wear and tear on the hairs and nerve cells in the cochlea occurs, electrical signals aren’t transmitted as efficiently. Aging and exposure to loud noises result to wear and tear.
When there is too much earwax in the ear canal, it can block the sound waves.
Infection on a ruptured eardrum in the outer or middle ear, it can cause hearing loss.
A ruptured eardrum can occur if there is a sudden change in pressure, poking your ear with an object that may cause infection, loud blast of sudden noise – all can cause the eardrum to rupture.
If you think you are suffering from Otolaryngology you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Otolaryngology as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).