What is the main cause of hearing loss?

There are many different factors that contribute to hearing loss, but noise remains the leading cause.

What are other causes of hearing loss?

  • Trauma
  • Earwax build-up
  • Noise exposure
  • Infection
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Certain antibiotics
  • Hereditary factors

What are the different types of hearing loss?

Conductive hearing loss comes from problems in either the middle or outer ear or occasionally both. The auditory nerve functions normally, but sound is prevented from reaching the inner ear.

Sensorineural hearing loss is located in the inner ear. The loss of sound sensitivity is the result of damage to the auditory nerve and/or auditory hair-cells.

Mixed hearing loss is the result of a combination of both conductive and sensorineural factors.

How prevalent is hearing loss?

More than you might think. Hearing loss currently affects around 28 million people in the United States alone. That’s one in ten! There’s no reason to be embarrassed or to try and hide your hearing loss. It is quite common and treatable with the correct professional knowledge.

Is it possible to be hearing-impaired and not know it?

Yes. Because of the gradual nature of hearing loss, many individuals affected by it do not realize the scope of their problem. If you suspect you have a hearing problem, it is best to get a hearing screening before your condition worsens.

Can hearing be restored?

Unfortunately, most forms of hearing loss are permanent. Hearing can be improved, however, with the use of hearing aids.

Can I live with hearing loss?

According to the numbers, it is possible to live with hearing loss, but ignoring the problem puts you at risk of developing psychological issues, such as frustration and depression. Also, living with hearing loss makes communication with friends, family, and business contacts difficult, which leads to a decrease in the quality of your life.

What is auditory processing disorder?

This condition is related to the central nervous system and how it uses and interprets auditory information. Some are born with this disorder and some develop it later in life, but it has not been proven which is more prevalent. What is known is that auditory processing disorder affects people of all ages. Seek the advice of an audiologist if you have concerns about your hearing.

Read more about auditory processing disorder.

What can I expect from hearing aids?

Hearing aids will improve your ability to hear and understand speech and sounds. Most users require a short adjustment period, especially if they’ve been living with hearing loss for an extended period of time. You will need to get used to hearing new sounds because, with hearing aids, even the volume of your own voice may surprise you.

Although digital noise reduction greatly reduces background noise, you shouldn’t expect hearing aids to eliminate it altogether. Your hearing aids will improve your sound comprehension across the board, but, unlike glasses restoring vision, they aren’t able to restore hearing 100%. We are convinced, however, that the improvement in both your hearing and quality of life will leave you satisfied with the overall experience.

How do I choose a hearing aid?

There are plenty of options that you can explore, but your first step should be to get a hearing test. Your audiologist can discuss the results and offer advice on what styles and features are best-suited for your individual needs.

Aren’t hearing aids a sign of old age?

Hearing loss affects people of all ages. In fact, recent studies have shown that hearing loss is now more frequently affecting individuals at earlier stages of life.