Ascent Ear Nose & Throat

Hearing Loss Specialist In Singapore

Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your quality of life as it makes conversation difficult. It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of hearing loss.

Comprehensive Services

Providing the highest standard of ENT care in Singapore and the region.

Accredited Specialists

Senior ENT surgeons with internationally-recognised fellowship training.

Convenient Locations

4 Clinics conveniently located in Orchard, Napier Road, Thomson, and Joo Chiat.

What Is Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss or deafness is the decline of hearing function, where you are unable (partially or completely) to hear sound in one or both of your ears.

There are generally 3 types of hearing loss, including:

  • Conductive hearing loss (CHL), which involves the outer or middle ear and is due to failure in the transmission of sound through the ear structures
  • Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), which involves the inner ear and occurs as a result of problems in the detection and conversion of sound
  • Mixed hearing loss (combination of both CHL and SNHL)

Complications of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your quality of life as it makes conversation difficult. In many cases, older adults with hearing loss may report feelings of isolation and depression.

Common Causes of Hearing Loss

  • Age
  • Ear infection
  • Impacted earwax or ear canal blockage
  • Foreign objects stuck in the ear
  • Head or neck injuries
  • Trauma to the eardrums
  • Loud noises
  • Structural defects of the ear from birth
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Meniere's disease (an inner ear disorder caused by abnormal inner ear fluid pressure)

Common Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Muffling of speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words
  • Tendency to turn up the audio volume
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
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Insurance & Medisave Partners

Certain ENT procedures are claimable under Medisave, and the exact amount would depend on the procedure. For more information, please speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your insurance plan, Integrated Shield Plan, or Medisave.

Diagnosis of Hearing Loss

Physical examination

Your doctor may examine your ear to look for possible causes of your hearing loss, such as a buildup of earwax, inflammation from an infection or any visible signs of injury on your head, neck or ears.

General screening tests

Your doctor may use the whisper test by asking you to cover one ear at a time to determine how well you hear and respond to words spoken at various volumes.

Hearing tests

During the test, you will wear headphones that transmit specific sounds into one ear at a time. You will then respond and indicate the sounds that you can hear by raising your hands.

Upon receiving a diagnosis, we will guide you through the several treatment options we offer and propose a treatment plan specific to your condition.
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Treatment Options for Hearing Loss

While hearing loss cannot be fully cured, proper treatment can improve hearing function. The type of treatment generally depends on the cause and severity of the hearing loss.

Some of the treatment options may include:

  • Removing earwax blockage
  • Surgical procedures to repair abnormalities of the eardrum or bones
  • Wearing hearing aids (amplify sounds and direct them into your ear canal)
  • Wearing cochlear implants (bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerves)

When Should You See An ENT Specialist In Singapore??

  • Any Ear, Nose or Throat symptoms that you are troubled with or concerned of
  • Persistent blocked nose with mouth breathing or snoring

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    Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is hearing loss serious? When should I visit a doctor?

    While a decrease in hearing function is generally not life-threatening, it is a very concerning issue as it severely impacts your quality of life and daily functioning. Furthermore, hearing loss may indicate a more serious underlying condition that requires proper treatment.

    You should seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms persist for an extended period of time or if they impede your daily functions to a great extent.

    What increases the risks of hearing loss?
    • Ageing
    • Regular and prolonged exposure to very loud sounds
    • Genetics and hereditary causes
    • Diseases or illnesses that result in high fever, such as meningitis, may damage hearing organs
    How to prevent hearing loss?
    • Limit exposure to loud sounds and wear hearing protection if necessary
    • Schedule regular hearing tests
    • Treat ear infections promptly
    • Exercise regularly
    • Consume a healthy diet