The most encouraging innovation in the treatment of congenital nerve deafness
is the cochlear implant, an electronic device that restores some hearing to the totally deaf.
6 months following the institution of dialysis among the 27 patients with ear manifestations 11 patients (40.74%) showed improvement, which included both the cases with conductive hearing loss (100%), 2 cases (66.7) with only tinnitus, 1 case (20%) with tinnitus and nerve deafness
, all 3 cases (100%) with giddiness and 3 cases (60%) who had giddiness with nerve deafness
The form of hearing loss or nerve deafness
that will benefit from an implant results when delicate portions of the inner ear known as hair cells have been damaged and fail to perform their function of converting sound waves into electrical current that the brain recognizes as sound.
Lynda, from Caerphilly, who was diagnosed with nerve deafness
aged 23, said: "My mother was a tailoress so I suppose it was I inevitable that I would be drawn into sewing.
. The sounds are getting through your outer ear and your middle ear but they're not being picked up well by your inner ear.
This is especially so when nerve deafness
Simon said: "With Dickie we gave him a full audiometric test and found he had nerve deafness
and we focused on an instrument that targeted the damaged area of the ear."
In nerve deafness
the outer and middle ears work well but the hearing organ in the inner ear is faulty, possibly due to prolonged exposure to loud noise, Meniere's disease and to some viral infections or perhaps drugs.