- Frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
- Have difficulty understanding speech in noisy situations?
- Often feel tired or stressed during conversations?
- Often misunderstand conversations?
- Turn up the volume on your TV so loud that others complain?
- Find yourself frequently denying hearing problems?
All people experience difficulty from time to time. However, if you experience problems consistently, you may have a hearing loss. About 24 million Americans - one in ten - experience hearing loss and nearly half of those are under the age of 65. Hearing loss can occur so gradually that the person may not notice - but others do!
What can cause hearing loss?
- Deterioration of the hearing system due to the normal aging process
- Damage to the hearing system due to prolonged exposure to loud noise
- Problems such as ear infections, injury, ear disease or excessive ear wax
- Damage to the hearing system due to heredity or family history of hearing loss, serious illness or medications
- Some hearing problems are permanent, while others, such as ear disease, may require medical intervention.
- If medical treatment is not indicated, an audiologist can help with recommendations for a hearing aid or assistive device appropriate for the hearing loss.
What You Should Know About Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is a permanent type of hearing loss that can result from damage to the hair cells of the cochlea. It can be the result of a viral infection, hereditary factors, certain medications, loud noises, and 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.
Conductive hearing loss is usually a fluctuating hearing loss caused when the outer or middle ear is 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 is when sensorineural and conductive hearing loss are both present.
For more information about hearing loss or to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists, please call 401-453-7751.