Deafness/Hearing Impairment/mixed hearing loss

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My son just turned 7 but he began experiencing hearing loss in his right ear about a year ago. He underwent an audiometry and results suggest profound mixed hearing loss on the right ear and normal hearing acuity on the left ear. We consulted an ENT and he told us that all he could prescribe our son is that he take vitamin b.Is there any other way on how it could be treated? Is there still achance for his right ear to get well since he's still young?Is the hearing loss permanent?

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Maricar,

A profound mixed hearing loss usually suggests that some of the hearing loss is treatable and the rest is permanent.  There is usually nothing to restore the permanent part of the hearing loss but often times there is treatment for the treatable part.  The part that is treatable is often treated with antibiotics and/or some type of surgery.  The most common type of surgery done on children is placing a tube in the eardrum to help ventilate the middle ear.  I'm not sure why your son has a mixed loss so I'm not sure if there are any surgery options.
If you have any concerns or questions, it is always reassuring to seek a second opinion.  If you seek a second opinion, see an ear specialist such as another ENT or an Otologist.
Thank you for your question.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.  Kelley Linton, Au.D., centerforhearing.net

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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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