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So, what is better, surgery or hearing aids?

Posted on 08 October, 2014 by Dr Chyrisse Heine

Some ear problems require surgery whilst others cannot resolve through surgery. For example, in the case of recurrent ear infections, the insertion of ventilation tubes (grommets) may be required and in time, the hearing loss usually decreases or resolves. Otosclerosis may also require surgery (in the later stages of the pathology, a prosthesis may replace the stapes footplate). For middle ear problems that are not corrected by surgery, a bone anchored hearing aid may be useful (see picture below).

Some people with sensorineural hearing loss may be an ideal candidate for a cochlear implant. Other surgery is not possible to correct a sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing aids are therefore the treatment of choice in the case of sensorineural hearing loss. The range of hearing aids available nowadays are numerous and varied (see below).

Please see an Audiologist to discuss the option that’s best suited to help you, your child or family member!