Can Hearing Aids Be Installed For Elderly Hearing Loss Sufferers?
Hello, I want to ask about hearing loss. My father had hearing loss (deaf) since he was a child around the age of 10 years. Occurs because of an injury due to sticking a wooden stick while swimming, so it is not congenital deafness. My father still heard the voice but it was very low, so he mostly communicated by lip reading. Now he is 62 years old, do you think you can still install hearing aids?
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. A hearing aid is a medical device whose components consist of a microphone, loudspeaker and speakers. Every sound that comes will be received by the microphone, loudspeaker and output through the speaker at the other end. This tool is able to help those with hearing loss either due to hearing nerve disorders, or because of a damaged structure in delivering sound.
There are various types of hearing aids with different functions, namely:
ITE / In the ear or in the ear, easier to fit, but prone to earwax clogging
BTE / Behing the ear or behind the ear, the sound can be amplified, but wins the sound of the wind
RITE / Receiver in the ear or speaker in the ear, less conspicuous but prone to earwax clogging
ITC / In the canal or in the ear canal, adjustment is more difficult but less obvious
CIC / Completely in the canal or the entire device is in the ear canal, usually given to mild to moderate hearing disorders in adults
Regarding your question, with an advanced age, your father's hearing loss may be multifactorial or already caused by many factors, not as simple as the cause he experienced when he was 10 years old. Therefore, the best step is to first consult with an ENT doctor for a thorough check with various kinds of physical and supporting tests, so that then you can determine what treatment is best for your father. If it involves hearing aids, you can immediately discuss with your father and the ENT doctor about which type is most appropriate. Because there is no oral or topical medication for hearing loss, there is no independent treatment that you can do at home, and you should immediately take your father to an ENT doctor so he can be checked as well. So, hopefully it answers your question.