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.Request Your Appointment
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:
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:
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 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.
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: