Hearing Loss Specialist

Jason  H. Kim, MD, FACS -  - Otolaryngology

Jason H. Kim, MD, FACS

Otolaryngology & Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Orange County, CA

An estimated 25% of Americans ages 55-64 have some level of hearing loss. Jason H. Kim, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist and an experienced facial plastic surgeon in Fullerton, California, provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatments for people suffering from hearing loss. If you experience sudden hearing loss, seek immediate medical attention. If you’re having difficulty understanding conversations or hearing the television, you may be experiencing progressive hearing loss. Call to schedule a comprehensive exam or book online today.

Hearing Loss Q & A

What causes hearing loss?

Age and chronic exposure to loud noises, such as a noisy work environment, can lead to irreversible hearing loss. Other causes of hearing loss include:

  • Inner ear damage
  • A ruptured eardrum
  • A gradual buildup of earwax
  • Abnormal bone tumors or growths in your ear
  • Head trauma
  • Méniere’s disease of the inner ear

To some extent, hearing loss is hereditary, too. One study reported more than 400 known genetic syndromes that lead to hearing loss. Some of these syndromes develop gradually, while others are present at birth.

Additionally, a previous illness, prolonged use of certain medications, and exposure to loud noises such as gunshots, can contribute to permanent hearing loss in one or both ears.

What are the signs of hearing loss?

Age-related hearing loss usually occurs gradually. Over time you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty understanding speech, especially if there’s background noise
  • Muffled-sounding speech or other noises
  • Inability to hear the TV
  • Difficulty hearing consonants
  • Dizziness, which may indicate a problem within your ear

Hearing loss can leave you feeling isolated from conversations around the dinner table or at work, and you may find yourself withdrawing from social situations. When your inability to hear clearly interferes with the quality of your daily life, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with Dr. Kim so you can get the help you need.

How does an otolaryngologist diagnose hearing loss?

Dr. Kim closely examines your inner ear for any signs of damage or infection. He also conducts screening tests to see how well you hear everyday sounds and conversation at normal volumes. He may have you undergo a tuning fork test and audiometer tests.

During an audiometer test, you wear headphones and hear sounds in each ear individually. This type of tests allows Dr. Kim to evaluate your level of hearing and which ear hears sounds more clearly, if you have hearing loss in both ears.

What treatments are available for hearing loss?

Depending on the cause of your hearing loss, Dr. Kim may first remove excessive wax buildup in your ears, and then suggest hearing aids or cochlear implants. Hearing aids help you hear better if you have damage to your inner ear. Cochlear implants may be an option if you have severe hearing loss.

If you experienced a traumatic ear injury or you have a tumor, Dr. Kim is an expert at many types of ear surgery to correct the problem and help restore some level of hearing.

If you can’t hear well and you frequently experience dizziness, call to schedule a comprehensive evaluation, or book it online.