On March 26th, Dr. Green and his
team at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute will be taking their yearly medical
mission trip to Jos, Nigeria.
Begun in 2010, Hearing Help for Africa is the
brainchild of Dr. Douglas Green, his wife Kelley and Dr. Joel Anthis. The Greens and
their family made several mission trips to Lusaka, Zambia with Family Legacy Missions in the early
2000s. They were struck by the incredible joy exhibited by the
African people in the midst of extreme poverty, profound loss of the family
structure due to AIDS, and the hardships imposed by governmental
corruption. Dr. Green was subsequently invited to visit Nigeria by Dr.
Anthis, an American ear, nose and throat physician who was working full-time in
a Christian missionary hospital in Jos, Nigeria. While there Dr. Green witnessed firsthand
the scope of the need as he performed surgery and helped provide medical care
for patients with ear-related problems.
***If you would like to donate old hearing
aids to Hearing Help for Africa, please contact our office at 904-399-0350
What Is Conductive Hearing Loss?
Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems with the outer or middle ear that prevent sound waves from reaching the inner ear. Problems of this area might be in the ear canal, eardrum, or in the small bones of the middle ear, as a result of infections, fluid, a perforation in the eardrum, or earwax buildup. A medical provider can treat conductive hearing loss with certain medications if it caused by an infection or a buildup of fluid. They can also help by cleaning earwax and making recommendations to help prevent further wax buildup. In some cases surgical intervention is required. A bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is often helpful for patients with this type of hearing loss.
What Is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
When the inner ear or nerves that send the hearing signal are damaged over time, it can lead to sensorineural hearing loss. This is the most common type of hearing problem and it is most often due to damage to the hair cells that send sound signals to the brain. Aging, loud noise, trauma to the head, genetics, and certain diseases are the most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss. These hair cells cannot be repaired, so sensorineural hearing loss is usually not medically treatable. However, people with this type of hearing problem can turn to hearing aids as a means to hear better and improve their quality of life. Some types of sensorineural hearing loss are treatable, mainly if the injury is short-term. If you have a sudden hearing loss, contact your doctor immediately.
What Is Mixed Hearing Loss?
Some people have a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. For example, if someone has age-related hearing loss, then suffers trauma to the eardrum. If you have mixed hearing loss, your doctor can recommend which type is to be treated first in order to maximize your chances of success.