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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Degenerative hearing loss
Hello. I am in search of information on where to seek the kind of help I need for my decreased hearing. It is not profound yet, but seems to be progressively getting worse. I wonder if testing by one of you clinicians would be possible, or if a more appropriate referral could be suggested. I have a family history of degenerative hearing loss including parents and siblings with hearing devices required before the age of 50. Any information you give me would be appreciated. Thank you,
It sounds as though you have a genetic predisposition to your hearing loss. I recommend that you see an otologist, one that performs cochlear implants like I do. You may just need standard hearing aids but you may ultimately need cochlear implants if your hearing progresses to a severe to profound form. You may need genetic blood work and a CT or MRI scan as well.
Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Director of Adults Cochlear Implantation Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati