Hearing loss affects millions of people every day. Whether sudden or gradual, the loss of hearing changes everything about personal and professional awareness. The first step to doing something about it is booking an appointment with Alexander Audiology. Finding the cause and coming up with an effective treatment takes time, and a little bit of patience.
Types of hearing loss
There are three main types of hearing loss types, each with their own set of symptoms.
Sensorineural hearing loss is a nerve-related inner ear problem. It’s caused by loud noise exposure, the typical aging process, Meniere’s disease or head trauma. Even tumors can play a role depending on where the growth starts. This type of hearing loss will typically require treatment with a hearing aid.
Conductive hearing loss is a little more involved and includes the middle ear, ear canal and some of the surrounding area. Stubborn colds, earwax, infections, lodge objects and allergies are the culprits for this condition. Some hereditary disorders can also be impactful and is one of the things previous medical history can point to.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This covers all parts of the ear, so different causes and treatment methods are used to stop it. The severity of the hearing loss will play a role in the type of hearing device you need if recommended. Mixed hearing can still be treated medically and with positive results.
It is important to treat hearing loss before negative symptoms begin to evolve. Under the right circumstances, untreated hearing loss can turn into a long-term health problem. The best way to avoid this is by getting an evaluation and being honest about past medical history.
Hearing aids and their associated devices are recommended for moderate to severe hearing loss. The technology is advanced, comfortable, and can also be private. Hearing device styles can be catered to individuals that want to keep their condition anonymous. There are different sizes to choose from, all with their own unique benefits and features.
When available, surgery and other implants can be used in place of hearing devices. This is on a case by case basis and will depend on several different factors. Prescription medication is also an option but is once again tied to individual test results and underlying health conditions contributing to hearing loss.