Did you know there is more than one type of hearing loss? Changes to different parts of the hearing system will result in one of three types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, or mixed.
Sensorineural hearing loss results from changes in the inner ear (cochlea) and/or the auditory nerve. More often than not, these changes cause permanent hearing loss that is not treatable with medicine or surgery. Some of the more common known causes of sensorineural hearing loss include the following:
noise exposure without proper hearing protection
malformations of the inner ear
illnesses, especially with high fevers
medications known to be toxic to the ear
heart disease and diabetes
Sensorineural hearing loss cannot be improved through surgery or medication. Hearing aids are a common solution used to assist with sensorineural hearing loss for those diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss.
Hearing loss is diagnosed with a battery of tests that determines how soft you can hear and how well sound travels through the auditory system. The test battery may include, but is not limited to, audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic reflex thresholds, and otoacoustic emissions. Typically, the audiologist completes the testing in a sound booth. Some tests require you to sit quietly while others require your participation. The audiologist will be able to determine if you have hearing loss and if so, the type and degree of hearing loss on the day of your evaluation.
Do you think you or a family member may have a hearing loss? A comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in identifying hearing loss.
For more information or to schedule a hearing assessment with Debbie Gamache, contact The Hearing Center LLC at 931-393-2051 or visit our website.