Hearing Loss

Educating you on the effects of hearing loss.

Hearing loss is incredibly common. In fact, over 48 million Americans experience hearing loss to some degree. Hearing loss can be caused by many factors including the aging process, genetics, head or ear trauma, medications, malformation of the inner ear, or another health condition. It’s important to manage hearing loss right away with hearing aids before it gets worse.

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Types of Hearing Loss

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Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is a problem with the sensory receptors of the cochlea or auditory nerve. This is often due to an abnormality or damage to the hair cells in the cochlea. This damage prevents sound from being transmitted to the brain normally. Patients who have sensorineural hearing loss may hear muffled speech, experience symptoms of tinnitus, and have problems with clarity.

The common causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • Congenital conditions
  • Damage to the hair cells
  • Presbycusis, or the aging process

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem with the way sound is conducted to the inner ear and cochlea. The problem may be present in the ear canal, eardrum, or the middle ear. Symptoms of conductive hearing loss are similar to sensorineural as sounds seem muffled and speech is unclear.

Some causes of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Outer or middle ear infections
  • Earwax blockage
  • Deterioration of the middle ear bones
  • Otosclerosis
  • Perforated tympanic membrane or a hole in the eardrum
  • Absence of the outer ear or middle ear structures

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This occurs when there is a problem in the inner ear along with a problem in the outer ear as well. The conductive portion may be temporary or permanent depending on the source of the problem. Mixed hearing loss can often be treated with medical interference for the conductive side and hearing aids for the sensorineural portion.

Hearing and Your Health

Hearing is linked to more than just your ears. Hearing sounds is also how we process information. When you can’t hear well due to hearing loss, then your brain doesn’t process those sounds, turning them into information. This can result in cognitive decline and even dementia. Untreated hearing loss can also result in poor speech processing. The longer your hearing loss goes untreated, the more difficult it is to regain that cognitive processing and understanding of speech. Hearing aids not only provide volume but clarity as well. Managing hearing loss with hearing aids allows you to hear clearly, understand speech, and process information again.

In order to keep your brain active and healthy, and to ensure it continues to process sounds, come see us at Simply Hearing. We’ll diagnose your hearing loss and help you manage it with hearing aids. So you can hear and feel your best.

Signs of Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss can be difficult to identify, especially if your hearing has deteriorated over a long period of time. Often times, a loved one notices the symptoms of hearing loss before you may. Typically, it takes people an average of seven years to treat their hearing loss. Don’t let hearing loss stop you from conversing with friends and family, call us at Simply Hearing today.

Some common signs of hearing loss include:

  • It seems like the people in your life mumble
  • You frequently ask people to repeat themselves
  • You respond inappropriately because you can’t hear what was said
  • You turn the TV or radio volume up louder than others
  • You have a difficult time understanding the person on the other end of the phone
  • Women’s and children voices are harder to hear
  • You hear a ringing in your ears

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