Hearing loss can typically be divided into two categories (Conductive & Sensorineural):
Conductive Hearing Loss applies to a loss of transmission of sound energy across the mechanisms of the outer and middle ear (external ear canal, tympanic membrane, malleus, incus, stapes). Conductive hearing loss can be caused by cerumen (wax) impaction, perforated eardrum, otitis externa or media (outer or middle ear infection), trauma, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, etc. Conductive hearing loss is rare but easily diagnosed by a well-trained audiologist and typically treated by a physician.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss occurs in the inner ear, typically in the cochlea where the tiny hair/nerve cells reside. Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by aging, excessive noise exposure, trauma, congenital, ototoxic medications, viral infections, etc. Most hearing loss is categorized as sensorineural and unfortunately not treatable through traditional medical methods such as surgery. Typically, sensorineural hearing loss is treated via aural rehabilitation by implementing hearing aid technology or other assistive listening devices.
Do you often ask others to repeat what they have said (i.e. "excuse me," "what," or "could you repeat that")?
Do you have difficulty hearing in noisy places (i.e. background noise)?
Do you miss important words or phrases during conversations?
Is the volume of the television or radio uncomfortable for other listeners?
Do you miss the ringing of the telephone, microwave timer, or other high-pitched alarms?
Do you have a constant or intermittent ringing/buzzing in your ears?
Is it difficult determining which direction sounds are coming from?
Do you avoid social situations because you are concerned you will not hear properly?
Do you suffer from dizziness or vertigo?
Do you have a family history of hearing loss?
If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions you may be experiencing hearing loss. Call now for a Free initial consultation and demonstration to determine if you are a candidate for hearing assistance!
We can't find the best solution for your hearing loss without diagnosing the problem. That's why Treasure State Hearing recommends a hearing diagnostic exam. This exam lasts about an hour, and it will allow us to locate the source of your hearing loss. After the exam is finished, we'll discuss your options. Call now to make an appointment.