Hearing Loss Essentials

  • Have you ever overslept because you can’t hear your alarm clock?
  • Do you find yourself tuning out the conversation over lunch because you can’t hear everything?
  • Are you avoiding the theater because you can’t understand the dialog?

Hearing loss often means feeling left out. Left out of the conversation and out of some of your favorite activities. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can re-engage with the things you love. The first step in recovering your hearing is to uncover what’s causing your hearing loss.

Diagram of the human ear.

48 million Americans of all ages experience hearing loss, including one in six baby boomers.

Hearing Loss Affects Your Health

Hearing Loss Affects Your Health

Don’t wait to get treatment.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three main types of hearing loss, and depending on what type you’re experiencing the treatment will be different.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Some hearing loss is caused by damage to the tiny hairs in the cochlea. Whether caused by aging, disease or exposure to loud noises this type of hearing loss is often permanent and requires treatment with hearing aids or other hearing technology.

Conductive Hearing Loss

A common cause of hearing loss is when sounds are blocked from traveling through the ear canal. This can happen when foreign objects or earwax is blocking the canal or if fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Other common causes are ear infections, a tear in the eardrum, or cysts. While some conductive hearing loss is caused by disease or permanent damage, many types of conductive hearing loss are temporary.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.

The Effects Of Hearing Loss

Some people become so self-conscious or frustrated about their hearing loss that they stop doing the things they love, like playing sports or going to the symphony or even to family gatherings.

You can just live with hearing loss and put up with it, but causing communication breakdowns with your family and friends. When you can’t participate in a conversation, it frustrates you and your loved ones.

Life is short. It’s time to turn up the volume and enjoy all the benefits of better hearing.

The more you hear, the more you stimulate and exercise your brain. The sooner you do something about your hearing, the sooner you’ll regain your life.  

How can you help yourself and your loved ones live better?

Get a hearing evaluation to determine whether you have hearing loss and how extensive it may be. When you do, we can determine what your best option is and help you select a hearing aid that will:

  • Work best for your level of hearing loss
  • Complement your lifestyle
  • Fit within your budget
Do You or a Loved One Have Hearing Loss?

Do You or a Loved One Have Hearing Loss?

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