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Hearing Loss

Hearing health is directly connected to overall health and well-being. In fact, a 2017 study revealed that treating hearing loss is the single greatest change a person can make to lower their risk for dementia. People who are able to hear can engage with the world around them and live better and healthier lives.

Symptoms:

Hearing loss is a progressive condition that worsens over time. Symptoms typically appear so gradually, you may be completely unaware of your loss for some time. Even when hearing loss is suspected, it takes an average of seven years for a person to seek medical treatment. Knowing the signs can be helpful in motivating you to take action sooner.

Take the 5 Minute Hearing Test

Answer Yes or No to the hearing health concerns below that apply to you.

  • Do you have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise or in a crowded restaurant?
  • Do you avoid social situations that require you to participate in conversations?
  • Do you avoid the movies or theater because you miss so much of it?
  • Do you have greater difficulty understanding females and children?
  • Do your family and friends complain that you are not hearing accurately?
  • Do others notice that you turn the volume on my television or radio too loud?
  • Do you have difficulty conversing on the telephone?
  • Do you ask others to repeat themselves often during conversation?

If you answered YES to any of the above statements, hearing devices may help you.

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Hearing health is directly connected to overall health and well-being. In fact, a 2017 study revealed that treating hearing loss is the single greatest change a person can make to lower their risk for dementia. People who are able to hear can engage with the world around them and live better and healthier lives.

Symptoms:

Hearing loss is a progressive condition that worsens over time. Symptoms typically appear so gradually, you may be completely unaware of your loss for some time. Even when hearing loss is suspected, it takes an average of seven years for a person to seek medical treatment. Knowing the signs can be helpful in motivating you to take action sooner.

Take the 5 Minute Hearing Test

Answer Yes or No to the hearing health concerns below that apply to you.

  • Do you have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise or in a crowded restaurant?
  • Do you avoid social situations that require you to participate in conversations?
  • Do you avoid the movies or theater because you miss so much of it?
  • Do you have greater difficulty understanding females and children?
  • Do your family and friends complain that you are not hearing accurately?
  • Do others notice that you turn the volume on my television or radio too loud?
  • Do you have difficulty conversing on the telephone?
  • Do you ask others to repeat themselves often during conversation?

If you answered YES to any of the above statements, hearing devices may help you.

Treatment

In order to diagnose hearing loss, our audiologist will review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, and give you a comprehensive hearing evaluation consisting of a series of audiological tests.

Treatment will depend on your type and degree of hearing loss. A conductive hearing loss occurs when there are problems in the outer ear, ear canal, eardrum or middle ear. It can be caused by any of the following:

  • Ear infection
  • Fluid in the ears
  • Malformation or abnormalities of the outer or middle ear
  • Impacted earwax
  • Foreign object in the ear
  • Allergies
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Otosclerosis
  • Benign tumors

Conductive hearing loss is often correctable with surgery or medications (typically antibiotics). Alternatively, it may be treated with hearing aids.

A sensorineural hearing loss involves a problem with the inner ear, and is frequently referred to as “nerve deafness.” It may be caused by any of these:

  • Noise exposure
  • Head trauma
  • Aging (presbycusis)
  • Viral disease
  • Autoimmune ear disease
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Malformation or abnormality of the inner ear
  • Tumors

Sensorineural hearing loss can sometimes be treated with medications (corticosteroids) or surgery. More likely, hearing aids will be required. 

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both types. Treatment might involve a combination of medication, surgery, and/or hearing aids.

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