Hearing loss can affect anyone, at any point during a person’s life.
It affects different people to varying degrees and for different reasons.
It can be triggered by a number of factors including exposure to loud
sounds, certain medications, and illnesses including diabetes and heart
disease as well as the normal aging process.
Because the loss typically develops gradually, you may not notice the decline
of subtle everyday sounds such as a ticking clock, the rustling of a newspaper,
or birds chirping. Before you realize it, you are also missing sounds
critical to effective communication and it begins to sound as though most
people mumble. It may gradually become harder to understand clearly in
restaurants, meetings,and other social functions like church, as well
as one-on-one interactions.
Living with untreated loss means difficulties in conversations with loved
ones, at social gatherings, and work settings. Untreated, hearing loss
makes it challenging to keep up with everyday situations. Treatment can
lead to a better quality of life by improving personal relationships,
reducing anger and frustration and avoiding isolation. To find out the
nature and degree of your loss
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Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is generally categorized by location—that is, what part
of the ear is damaged—as well as by severity. There are three main
types of loss: conductive, sensorineural, and a combination of both, known
as mixed hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss is a result of sound waves being blocked from entering
the outer and /or middle ear space. When sound waves are blocked, possibly
from ear wax or other types of obstructions, sound energy is prohibited
from reaching the inner ear which is still functioning properly. Conductive
hearing loss can frequently be treated with medication or surgery. Conductive
hearing lossin adults is much less common than with children.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear (cochlea)
or the nerve pathways that transmit sound information to the brain. The
normal aging process and exposure to loud noise can lead to sensorineural
loss. Generally, sensorineural loss cannot be reversed and is not treatable
with surgery or medication – but it can be improved
greatlyand effectively with
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is generally considered a form of or a sub-category
of sensorineural loss. This is one of the most common types of loss, and,
fortunately, it is also the most preventable. Onset is gradual, painless,
and frequently undetectable until significant hearing loss has occurred.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Mixed hearing loss is the combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing
loss, which can involve damage in the outer, middle, and inner ear simultaneously.
If you or a loved one are suspecting or experiencing hearing difficulties
including hearing loss or
tinnitus (ringing in the ears), please contact our office at (713) 827-1767. Together
we can discuss the difficulties you are experiencing, address your concerns,
and determine what solutions are available to best suit your needs.