Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss and Chronic Ear Disease

There are two types of hearing loss: conductive loss and nerve loss. Conductive loss can be surgically repaired. The problem could be a hole in the ear drum, fixation of the small bones behind the drum that conduct sound vibration, or fluid behind the drum. A hearing test is required, and possibly a CT scan or X-ray, to fully diagnose the problem. Surgery is outpatient and may last from one to three hours. It is done with a high-powered microscope in meticulous fashion. Since it is a small area, generally there is no post-operative pain.

Procedures include:

  • Tympanoplasty
  • Stapectomy
  • Mastiodectomy
  • Ossicular repair
  • Widening of the ear canal
  • Placement of middle ear tubes

Combinations of these address all problems including infections and tumors. The Baha® implant is an additional procedure for hearing loss. It is best described as a bionic hearing device.

Nerve hearing loss is best treated with hearing devices. See hearing aids.

For more information about hearing loss, Dr. Michael Pickford or Gwinnett ENT, please call us at 678-312-7390.