Some Common Causes of Hearing Loss - Over 30 million Americans have some degree of hearing impairment. The type of hearing loss and the treatment is determined by the underlying cause:
Sensorineural Hearing Loss or "nerve" deafness involves damage to the inner ear and can be caused by aging, noise exposure, heredity, trauma, infections, use of certain drugs, pre-natal and birth-related problems, or a benign tumor in the inner ear. Sensorineural hearing loss is most commonly managed with hearing aids.
Conductive Hearing Loss involves the outer and middle ear and can result from blockage by ear wax, a punctured eardrum, birth defects, ear infections, and heredity. Conductive hearing loss often can be corrected medically or surgically
If you are experiencing hearing problems, pain or fullness in the ear,
or tinnitus (ringing in the ears), a hearing test may be helpful in determining
whether hearing loss is present, the cause for hearing loss, and if your
hearing loss may improve with hearing aids. The hearing test consists of three steps:
- Otoscopy: A basic visual examination of the
ear canal and ear drum.
- Audiogram: This threshold test involves
responding to tones of varying volume and pitch, and the testing of speech
understanding using words or sentences.
testing: This is an
automatic test which determines the mobility of the ear drum and the
functioning of the middle ear space, as well as testing certain neural
pathways and middle ear reflexes.
This is an automatic test that evaluates the outer hair cells of
the cochlea (inner ear).
This test helps to differentiate between the sensory and neural
components of a sensorineural hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Services:
of the latest, most up-to-date digital hearing aids
aid repairs on nearly all makes and models of hearing aids, regardless of
where they were purchased
- Dispensing and
appropriately prescribing assistive devices such as amplified phones, alarm
clocks, smoke detectors, and numerous hearing aid accessories