Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been recognized by the FDA and Medicare to help heal sudden hearing loss, including healing sensorineural hearing loss or conductive hearing loss. In essence, HBOT provides oxygen under pressure, during an HBOT treatment we will inject oxygen into your damaged nerve cells, helping to regrow the nerve fibers that have been injured. The challenge is that doctors often do not know why the nerve cells have been damaged, whether it’s because of a virus, or other factors.
However, researchers have discovered that patients who include oxygen therapy as part of their treatment were 61% more likely to enjoy complete recovery of their hearing. Although HBOT has been proven particularly useful as a nerve deafness treatment in those under the age of 60, we have seen patients of up to 75 years old recover their full hearing capacity from HBOT treatments.
The Importance of Early Treatment for Sudden Hearing Loss Recovery
Research shows that the key to reaping the benefits of HBOT for sudden hearing loss treatment is receiving the treatment early. Soon after you experience symptoms associated with sudden deafness, see your doctor right away and then call us! We consider sudden deafness as an emergency at our clinic and can ensure you receive same day treatment whenever possible. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, it’s recommended that HBOT is used within three months of initial diagnosis.
Lisa St John, MS, Clinic Director, Dr Jeffrey H. Kaplan, Medical Director. and Laura Jean RN, Director of Patient Care