How do we hear?

Our ear is comprised of 3 main components: Outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Sound travels in waves and passes from the outer ear to the ear drum. From the ear drum, sound is sounded via 3 small bones of the middle ear (malleus, incus and stapes). The sound wave is then amplified and passes into the inner ear, and conducted through fluid.

Inside the inner ear, the nerve cells translate the vibrations into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain. From there, we interpret these signals as sound.

Causes of hearing loss

Common causes of hearing loss include:

  • Damage to inner ear
    This may be as a result of aging or long term exposure to noise which causes the nerve cells to become damaged

    It can also be as a result of certain medications
  • Build-up of ear wax
    Ear wax buildup and impaction can make it difficult for sound waves to be conducted into the ear.
  • Ear infection
    Infection of the outer and the inner ear and disrupt conduction of sound and result in hearing loss
  • Rupture of the eardrum
    The eardrum can be damaged due to external trauma, infection and sudden changes in pressure. When this occurs, the conduction of sound is affected

How about hearing loss in children?

Hearing loss in children can occur and will be discussed in another section.

How can I prevent hearing loss?

Hearing loss due to long term loud noise exposure can be prevented and minimized.

  • Use proper hearing protective devices (such as ear plugs) to reduce the intensity of noise
  • Avoiding situations with loud noise exposure, such as rock concerts and live firing
  • Go for regular hearing tests if your work involves long term loud noise exposure

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my first ENT specialist visit?

Your ENT doctor will first take a look at your medical history, find out more about the symptoms you’re experiencing and thereafter perform a thorough physical examination. This may include certain procedures such as flexible nasoendoscopy (a look into your nasal passages with a tiny camera). Your issues will be addressed and a suitable treatment plan will be devised for you.

How do I prepare my child for the first visit to the ENT clinic?

Always talk to your child to prepare them for their ENT visit. Find out more about the issues they’re experiencing so that you can assist them in helping the ENT doctor understand their condition. Do bring along a list of their old medications and health booklet.

What modes of payment do you accept?

We accept the following modes of payment:

  • Cash
  • NETS
  • PayNow/PayLah
  • All major credit cards

If you are insured and require more assistance, do approach our clinic staff.

Can I claim my medical bills through my Medisave account?

Yes. All Singaporeans and PR are able to use Medisave for certain consultations, procedures, and medications at our clinic. Please contact us to find out more about the eligible services.

I have insurance. Can I use that to claim for my medical bills?

Selected procedures are deductible if patients have purchased Integrated Shield plans. Please contact us to find out more.

The 6 Approved Integrated Shield Insurers are:

  • NTUC Income’s IncomeShield and Enhanced IncomeShield
  • American International Assurance International Co’s (AIA) HealthShield Gold
  • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co’s SupremeHealth and SupremeHealth Plus
  • Aviva Ltd’s MyShield
  • Prudential Assurance Co’s PRUShield
  • AXA Shield