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"The safest way to determine if you have a hearing loss is to visit your trusted audiologist for a hearing evaluation. We can work with you in determining the best treatment option for your hearing loss."

Types of Hearing Loss

Occurs when microscopic hair cells within the organ of Corti are damaged. Unfortunately once damaged, they no longer regenerate.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Happens when the sound waves are unable to reach the inner ear. It usually involves a reduction in sound level or the ability to hear faint sounds which can often be corrected medically or surgically.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Involves both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss components, or as a result of a damage in the middle or outer ear, or the inner ear and the auditory nerve.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Noise levels or loudness are measured in decibels (dB). Any loud noise over 85dB is considered loud enough to cause NIHL. NIHL (Noise-Induced Hearing Loss) Hearing loss as a result of prolonged or sudden exposure to loud noise. When our ears are exposed to levels of noise over 85 dB, the tiny hair cells in our cochlea can become disorganized and damaged from too much and too harsh of vibrations. Once the hair cells break, they will NEVER grow back, this causes hearing loss. To treat NIHL visit an audiologist.

  • 30 dB Whisper

  • 60 dB Normal conversation or a dishwasher

  • 70 dB A vacuum Cleaner

  • 80 dB Alarm Clock

  • 90 dB A hair dryer, or lawn mower

  • 100 dB MP3 players at full volume

  • 110 dB Concerts and sporting events

  • 130 dB Ambulance

  • Is permanent and sometimes preventable.

  • Is the most common form of hearing loss.

  • Can affect people of all ages.

  • A high frequency hearing loss, of this type can indicate aging and/or noise exposure (Noise-Induced Hearing Loss).

  • Does not have any medical or surgical treatment options, in most cases.

  • Hearing aids are the primary treatment

  • A cochlear implant may be considered for patients with severe or profound cases of this form of hearing loss.

  • Blockage in the ear canal from:

  • Ear wax (cerumen) build-up.

  • A foreign object.

  • Fluid occupying the middle ear space, often due to an ear infection, also called otitis media.

  • Infection in the ear canal

  • Allergies

  • Perforated eardrum

  • Benign tumors

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The configuration of hearing loss is the degree of hearing loss across frequencies. As example, a hearing loss that only affects only high tones is described as a high-frequency loss. Its configuration would show good hearing in the low tones and poor hearing in the high tones.

Configuration of Hearing Loss

  • Bilateral versus unilateral. Bilateral - hearing loss in both ears. Unilateral - hearing loss in one ear.

  • Symmetrical versus asymmetrical. Symmetrical - the degree of hearing loss are the same on both ears. Asymmetrical - the degree of hearing loss is different in each ear.

  • Progressive versus sudden hearing loss. Progressive means that hearing loss becomes worse over time. Sudden means hearing loss that happens quickly. Such a hearing loss requires immediate medical attention to determine its cause and treatment.

  • Fluctuating versus stable hearing loss. Fluctuating means hearing loss that changes over time—sometimes getting better, sometimes getting worse.

Levels of Noise in decibels (dB)

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