Hearing

Treatments for all Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is much more common than people realize.  According to the National Institute of Health, over half of patients who are 75 years or older experience gradual onset hearing loss.  This is most commonly thought to be due to hereditary factors, the aging process, loud noise exposure, and simple blockages of the ear canal.

Video: Hearing Loss

 

Hearing loss will occur when something goes wrong with any part of the ear – the ear canal, ear drum, bones of hearing, cochlea, and even the small hair cells that produce nervous signals for the brain to interpret.  Hearing loss can be further defined as are conductive hearing loss (CHL) or sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

Conductive Hearing Loss
CHL is caused by a physical impediment of the hearing apparatus which impairs sound from getting into the inner ear normally.  Examples of a conductive hearing loss could include:

In general, there is a specific treatment strategy for all types of CHL.  A specialized ear surgeon is qualified and trained to work with operating microscopes to repair the disrupted fine mechanics of the middle ear.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss
SNHL is caused by defect, degradation, or disease of the inner ear, cochlear nerve, or auditory centers of the brain.  The cochlea is microscopically fine, complex, yet perfectly ordered to accomplish its function.  When this amazing order and structure is disrupted hearing loss will occur.  The loss can be gradual or sudden.  If isolated to a specific part of the cochlea, then only specific frequencies of sound may be affected.

Treatment for this type of hearing loss depends on the severity of the hearing loss and the individual’s ability to understand speech. The development of Cochlear Implants has opened up more treatment options to restore or improve hearing.

What if You Suspect Hearing Loss?
When you come to the Hearing & Balance Institute for hearing loss, you’ll first meet with an audiologist who will test your hearing in a comprehensive fashion and also test the mobility of your ear drum.  Once testing is complete, you’ll then meet one of our physicians who will speak to you about your type of hearing loss and will make recommendations specific to your needs.

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