There is help for patients with all types of hearing loss. Treatment depends on why the deafness exists and how severe it is.
Sensorineural hearing loss is incurable. When the hair cells in the cochlea are damaged, they cannot be repaired. However, various treatments and strategies can help improve the patient’s quality of life.
Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, reported in July 2012 that congenital hearing loss can be reversed in a mouse model. They hope their research will eventual lead to gene therapy for humans.
Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a hearing problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children.
Kids with this condition can’t process what they hear in the same way other kids do because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech.
With the rightÂ therapy, kids with APD can be successful in school and life. Early diagnosis is important, because when the condition isn’t caught and treatedÂ early, a childÂ can have speech and language delays or problems learning in school