Any Quick Fixes for Hearing Loss?

Are there any ways to treat hearing loss and turn back the tide? Like athletes who suffer injuries, get treatment, and go through rehab until they eventually get back to where they were performance-wise (or at least close)?

Unfortunately, hearing loss is usually a lot more permanent than a sports injury. There are treatment options for some situations, but the fact is that most people lose their hearing because parts of the inner ear wear out — either as they age or when suffering exposure to excessive noise — and there is not currently any way to replace those tiny sections of the ear.

There is significant research beginning on the use of gene therapies to treat a wide range of hearing issues, but actual treatments are years away. Likewise, drug therapies are being explored — including clinical trials on treatments that seek to regrow the tiny hair cells that translate sound waves into electrical impulses to the brain — but they too are nowhere near being marketed.

In some cases of sudden hearing loss — usually, after exposure causes inflammation in the ear canal — steroid treatments, if quickly administered, can reduce the risk of permanent hearing loss.

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Profound hearing issues can be treated with Cochlear implants — which surgically bypass the cochlea where those vital tiny hairs are located — but this is considered a significant procedure. Hearing aids are a required first option before Cochlear implants can be considered for adults.

A few specific conditions have corresponding procedures. Bone-anchored hearing systems (BAHAs) treat certain ear canal irregularities. A stapedectomy is the insertion of a prosthesis to replace bones in the middle ear that are vital to moving sound waves into the inner ear. Pressure equalization (PE) tubes can be inserted in cases of significant fluid buildup that is causing hearing issues.

But the reality is that most hearing loss does not have a “quick fix” other than learning to use a hearing aid to make up for issues deep inside the ear.

Audiologist Vs. Online

Where should I buy my hearing aids?

You probably see ads for hearing aids everywhere you go in the Cortland, New York area. But not all those hearing aid suppliers are created equal.

What are you buying when you purchase discounted hearing aids from a warehouse, online retailer, or big box store? You’re just buying the hearing aids. You’re not getting a trained hearing health care professional to help you select the right devices for your type of hearing loss. You’re not getting aftercare services. You’re just getting a box with hearing aids in it.

When you go to a licensed hearing health care professional, however, you’re getting so much more than just hearing aids. Here are a few things you’ll get with an hearing health care professional that big box stores can’t cannot offer:


Do you know how severe your hearing loss is? Do you know which type of hearing loss you have? Do you know which hearing aid models will work best for you? Of course not. But an hearing health care professional does. When you come to Cortland Hearing Aids in Cortland, New York, an hearing health care professional will perform a series of evaluations to determine how to best treat your hearing loss.


What happens if those hearing aids you bought from a warehouse store break? Do you know where to send them for repairs? What if they need cleaning? Are you trained enough to handle the delicate pieces yourself? What if your hearing loss becomes more severe and you need adjustments?

When you go to Cortland Hearing Aids, these questions are answered for you. Our staff will repair, clean and adjust your hearing aids. You won’t have to send them off and wait for them to come back. You won’t have to live without adjustments because you cannot adjust them yourself. You will get complete, quality hearing care from an experienced hearing health care professional.

Your Cortland Hearing Aids purchase includes free loss and damage insurance, batteries for four years, and yearly audiometric screenings performed by our expert hearing health care professionals. At your yearly screening, our hearing health care professional will determine whether your current hearing aids still work well for your hearing loss or if adjustments or new devices are needed.

You get what you pay for. Is a lower initial price on hearing aids worth everything you would be missing when you buy them? Come to Cortland Hearing Aids in Cortland, New York for complete hearing healthcare.

Hearing Tests


When you come in to our Cortland, New York location, we will introduce ourselves and our practice and then get to know you. We will talk about your work, hobbies, medical history, and will look for any significant event that may have triggered hearing loss.

We will perform a series of tests that will help determine the type and severity of hearing loss. We recommend bringing in a family member or friend who may recognize signs of your hearing loss, such as missing words in a conversation or having the television louder than normal.


First, we will use an instrument called an otoscope to look inside your ear for blockages caused by wax buildup, infections, or other issues.

Next, we will enter into a soundproof booth for the following tests:

Pure Tone (Air & Bone) testing: We will place headphones over your ears and then a bone oscillator behind your ear which will deliver a series of tones to the ears. You indicate when you hear a tone, and the results are recorded. We will look for differences between the headphone tests and the bone tests to help determine the cause of any hearing loss.

Speech Discrimination: You will listen to spoken or recorded words and will be asked to repeat them. This test measures your ability to understand speech at a comfortable listening level.

Tympanometry: A pressure probe is gently placed in your ear canal to test for fluid, issues with the bones in the middle ear, and other blockage problems.

After the tests, we will go over your results with an in-depth consultation. If the hearing test determine you are a candidate for hearing aids, we’ll discuss your options and demonstrate available models to find the right hearing aids for you.

If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, make an appointment at our Cortland, New York location today.