Screening and protecting hearing

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Although we are not all the same when it comes to our hearing, we are all affected, regardless of age, regardless of hearing loss.

Untreated hearing loss has a significant impact on family, social and professional life, as well as on the state of health of those affected. It decreases the ability of people with hearing loss to communicate and impedes language acquisition. The social and economic consequences of this major difficulty are significant. It requires early detection and medical follow-up.

 

Hearing Screening and medical follow-up

Hearing health monitoring starts at birth. In France, hearing tests have been offered at every neonatal unit since 2014. This enables doctors to detect problems from the earliest age, prevent hearing loss and monitor hearing health.

In later life, there are several mobile applications and services to monitor your hearing, such as our Höra hearing test (available only in France). However, these tests do not substitute for a consultation with an ENT doctor, which is essential in case of hearing doubts or discomfort.

If hearing loss is detected, two types of treatment are offered:

  • In case of conductive hearing loss, a tympanic graft or a reconstruction of the sound transmission system can be considered,
  • When the hearing loss is sensorineural, hearing aids or cochlear implants are used if sound amplification is insufficient. These implants consist of electrodes placed in the inner ear.

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Surdité de transmission

La surdité de transmission est due à une altération de la chaîne tympano-ossiculaire. Les sons arrivent à l’oreille interne, atténués et moins forts.

Surdité de perception

La surdité de perception provient d’une lésion au niveau de la cochlée. L’oreille en est donc moins sensible. Le plus souvent, c’est la sensibilité aux aigus qui est la plus atteinte.

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