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Department of Audiology
134 Thurbers Avenue
Suite 215
Providence, RI 02905
P: (401) 453-7751

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; evening appointments available on the last Tuesday of every month.

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Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and can result from damage to the hair cells of the cochlea. It can be the result of:

  • Viral infections.
  • Hereditary factors.
  • Certain medications.
  • Loud noises.
  • Normal aging process.
  • Other risk factors.

This type of hearing loss can vary in severity, from very mild to profound impairment and can usually be helped with a hearing aid or other assistive device. Many people have more severe hearing loss for some pitches than for others, resulting in a loss of clarity for speech even though they can still hear someone talking.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss is usually fluctuating and is caused when the outer and/or middle ears are not functioning normally. The most common cause of conductive hearing loss is fluid behind the eardrum. Most conductive hearing loss can be corrected through medical treatment or surgery. 

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is when sensorineural and conductive hearing loss are both present.