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Hearing Loss & Balance Disorders

Hearing and balance disorders are very common.  In fact, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about 17% of all Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss, and that percentage increases dramatically as we age.  Because the inner ear plays such an important role in helping us to maintain balance, balance disorders often go hand-in-hand with hearing problems.  Hearing and balance disorders can be difficult to diagnose and treat because there are a wide variety of possible causes for these disorders.  If you are suffering from hearing loss or balance problems, you should come in to be evaluated.  Depending on the cause for your condition, there are many excellent treatment options that could help improve your symptoms or bring you relief. 

What causes hearing loss?

Hearing is an extremely complex process in which sound vibrations are collected and interpreted through the interaction of the delicate structures of the inner, middle and outer ear, and the brain and nervous system.  Generally, there are two types of hearing loss.  Sensorineural hearing loss happens when there is damage to the inner ear, acoustic nerve or the brain itself.  Sensorineural hearing loss cannot be medically or surgically repaired, although hearing devices may help improve hearing.  Conductive hearing loss happens when sound vibrations are not conducted efficiently from the outer and middle ear to the inner ear.  Conductive hearing loss can often be medically or surgically corrected.  Some patients suffer from a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss, known as mixed hearing loss. 

What causes balance disorders?

Our body is able to maintain position through a complex balance system that integrates components of the inner ear, as well as the skeletal, visual, brain, and nervous systems. Often times, balance orders go hand-in-hand with many hearing problems, but because the balance system relies on input from so many areas, there are literally hundreds of problems that may cause balance issues.  This makes balance disorders particularly difficult to diagnose and treat.

Hearing and Balance Disorders

Sensorineural Hearing Loss Conductive Hearing Loss Balance Disorders
Damage to inner ear, acoustic nerve, or brain. Sensorineural hearing loss may be caused by: Reduced sound vibrations from outer and middle ear to inner ear. Conductive hearing loss may be caused by: Balance disorders often go hand-in-hand with hearing problems. Some of the many reasons for balance disorders include:
Excessive exposure to loud music Punctured eardrum Meniere’s disease and other hearing disorders
Ear damaging drugs Middle ear infections Infections
Infections, such as measles or meningitis Ear wax blockage Vision disorders
Head injury Head trauma Vertigo
Aging Allergies Muscle disorders
Neurological disease Poor Eustachian tube function Neurological disorders
Endocrine disorders Benign tumors Tumors
Genetic syndromes Congenital defects Aging

How are hearing and balance disorders diagnosed?

There are many different types of, and reasons for, hearing and balance disorders.  In order to determine the best treatment options for your condition, Dr. Shin will conduct a thorough physical examination with a comprehensive medical history and arrange for any appropriate tests to determine the type, degree, and causes for your hearing loss or balance problems. Depending on your individual circumstances, tests may include hearing tests, balance tests, and other measures, such as CT and blood testing. 

How are hearing and balance disorders treated?

Treatment will depend on many factors, including the type, severity, and cause for your condition. Treatment might include medications, surgery, hearing aids, and physical therapy to improve balance. Dr. Shin will evaluate your condition and thoroughly discuss all the appropriate treatment options with you. 

How do I get more information about hearing and balance disorders?

Dr. Shin and his team will be happy to discuss hearing and balance disorders with you.  Please call 646.943.7985 to arrange for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our New York, NY office.