No two people have the same ability to hear and understand speech. Your hearing is as unique as your DNA. Noise exposure in the workplace, inherited medical conditions, loud hobbies and entertainment, and childhood and adult illnesses can all produce different types of hearing loss in different people.
SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS
It is estimated that up to 30 million Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss, yet often individuals are completely unaware of any hearing difficulties. This is largely due to the slow progression of most hearing losses, as well as the invisible nature of hearing loss. How do you know if you have a hearing loss? The best way to find out is to have a complete hearing evaluation, but there are many warning signs to look for. For example:
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may have a hearing problem. Everyone experiences occasional difficulty, but when it occurs frequently, it is time to ask for help. Call 800-290-3277 for a free consultation.
TYPES OF HEARING LOSS
Conductive hearing loss refers to hearing loss caused by conditions of the outer and middle ear. For example, the outer ear canal may be blocked with earwax permitting only loud sounds through. The middle ear involves the region from the eardrum to the inner ear, which includes the three small bones that move in synchrony and are vital to hearing. The restricted movement of these bones, caused by infection or disease, may diminish hearing. Many conductive losses are treatable by medication or surgery.
Sensorineural hearing loss includes both hearing loss related to the cochlea (sensory) and to the auditory nerve (neural). Hearing aids and assistive listening devices are the most common form of treatment for sensory hearing loss. Some common causes of sensory hearing loss are: noise exposure, aging, heredity, head trauma, viruses, ototoxic medications, illness, or disease.
Mixed hearing loss is when there is some degree of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
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