Experiencing Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is one of the biggest health concerns in the U.S. It is the third most commonly reported physical condition, following arthritis and heart disease. It affects roughly 20 percent of the American population and can strike people of all ages. The most common causes of hearing loss are noise exposure and aging.
48 million American report some form of hearing loss.
Top 5 Symptoms of Hearing Loss
Having trouble following conversations with background noise.
Missing part of the conversation.
Feeling like others mumble when they speak.
Turning the volume on the television up.
Avoiding social gatherings.
How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed
In order to diagnose hearing loss, our audiologist will review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, physically examine your ears and complete a hearing evaluation consisting of a series of audiological tests. A hearing exam may involve one or more of the following:
Pure Pone Testing
Bone Conduction Testing
Acoustic Reflex Testing
Types of Hearing Loss
Treatment will depend on your type and degree of hearing loss. There are three types:
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is the most common type of hearing loss. This occurs once there is damage in the organ of hearing and hearing nerve. SNHL is treated with hearing aids.
Conductive hearing loss (CHL) occurs when there is a medical condition such as an ear infection. or any condition that does not directly affect the organ of hearing and hearing nerve. A referral for an evaluation and potential treatment by an ear, nose & throat physical will be made to better help your hearing health and determine next steps for treatment. Treatment could include medication, surgery, and/or hearing aids.
Mixed hearing loss (MHL) is a combination of both types. Treatment might involve a combination of medication, surgery and/or hearing aids.
Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss
Individuals who seek treatment for their hearing loss see improvements in all aspects of their lives.
Researchers agree that treating your hearing loss can lead to better overall health, professional success and emotional well-being.