There is no treatment which can restore hearing or reverse the damage to the inner ear. However, there are some options that may help improve your hearing if you are experiencing hearing loss related to lupus:5Medical Treatment for Lupus
Lupus-related hearing loss may be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, steroids or other medications. You can speak with your primary care provider about the medical treatments available to you.Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are small electronic devices that you wear in or behind your ear. The devices are programmed by a hearing care professional and personalized based on your hearing test results. The settings are configured so that a person with hearing loss can continue to participate fully in the activities of their life.Cochlear Implants
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted devices for people who have severe or greater hearing loss. It is meant for people whose hearing loss is so extreme that hearing aids on their own can no longer help. It bypasses the inner ear to receive and send hearing signals to the brain.
What Can You Do?
If you have been diagnosed with lupus or another autoimmune disorder, keep in mind that it may affect your hearing. Getting regular hearing assessments is especially important for people with lupus or other autoimmune diseases. Contact us to book an appointment at one of our hearing centres located across Canada.
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