Hearing disorders; is a condition that concerns all age groups from birth to the end of life. In other words, it can be seen in every period of life from birth to death. It is a discomfort that affects life at any age. Therefore, the tests performed in the newborn period include hearing screening. Because hearing loss, which cannot be detected in infancy or detected late, will negatively affect the rest of life.
“Hearing” is an indispensable sensation for the initiation of speech in infancy, the continuation of learning, and the development of socialization and communication in adulthood. Therefore, hearing impairment is a condition that should be treated at every stage of life, as soon as it is detected. Although the treatment is different at any age, it can often give good results.
Hearing loss detected during infancy should be supported with hearing aid quickly. Speech development is very good in babies who have hearing loss in the first 6 months and have started using hearing aids. In the studies, the development of language and speech; It was shown that babies who started to use hearing aids in the first 6 months were significantly better than those who started using them at a later age.
In adulthood; trauma (pressure, impact), sudden idiopathic hearing loss, involuntary middle ear infections and the resulting eardrum and middle ear damage should be detected and treated at an early stage. Otherwise, they are difficult or even impossible to treat. In such cases, the sooner the treatment is started, the better the result. For example, in the case of “sudden hearing loss ”, the initiation of treatment on the first day gives satisfactory results while delaying the treatment decreases the percentage of success. The earliest intervention in hearing loss caused by “chronic middle ear infections” success is higher rate early treatment. Traumatic eardrum tears can be completely corrected by early intervention.
The treatment of hearing loss due to old age is also important for the continuation of communication and sociality. Developed with the advancement of technology, hearing aids are very effective in age-related hearing loss. Generally, even if individuals do not wish to use hearing aids, this misconception can be prevented with good information.
In short, hearing impairment is not an age but a problem of any age, and when a complaint is felt, a doctor should be consulted and treatment should be started. It should be remembered that early diagnosis gives promising results and delayed diagnosis decreases treatment success.