TYPES OF HEARING LOSS
Sensorineural Hearing Loss:
This is the most common type of hearing loss. It is most commonly seen with presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). It affects the inner ear/auditory nerve, which cannot be regenerated. It affects overall loss of volume, and sometimes a loss of clarity of speech. It is often accompanied by tinnitus.
Conductive Hearing Loss:
This affects the outer and/or middle ear. It MAY be reversible with treatment or surgery. Some causes may be a perforation in the tympanic membrane (eardrum), a blockage such as cerumen (wax) in the ear canal, or a physical abnormality of the ear canal.
Mixed Hearing Loss:
A combination of the 2 types of hearing loss, affecting both middle and inner ear.
Tinnitus is an internal sound, only you can hear. This may sound like hissing, buzzing, whooshing, rushing, pulsing, roaring, music, tones, "crickets" and much more. It may even be a combination of these sounds, ranging in intensity. It may be intermittent or constant.
Some Possible Causes:
Alcohol and Caffeine Consumption
Blood Pressure, Blood Vessel, Neck/Back Issues
Blockage in Ear Canal such as cerumen (wax)
Acoustic Neuroma (tumor)
Some possible treatments and management techniques include resolving the blockage in the ear canal, addressing the hearing loss with the use of hearing aids, talking with your doctor about your medications and possible side-effects, practicing stress management and relaxation techniques, discussing heart and overall health with your doctor. Contact us to learn more.
HEARING AID TECHNOLOGY
There are many types of hearing aids ranging in size and shape. Many hearing aids now are 'invisible' and very discreet. Wearing hearing aids may feel like an intimidating process, but we do everything possible to find a device(s) that are comfortable and enjoyable to wear. All of our hearing aids come with a trial period to ensure you are fully satisfied with your device(s). We will take the time you need to adjust at your own pace to wearing hearing aids for addressing hearing loss, and encourage follow-up appointments so we may address your needs and preferences. Please let us know how we can help.
Hearing aids can be as simple or as hands-on as you like.
Many hearing aids are now Bluetooth compatible. This means many of them can stream a phone conversation directly to your cell phone, be adjusted in terms of volume and program settings with the touch of an 'app', stream music, television, and other media to both ears simultaneously. Hearing technology has never been smarter!
OR, looking to keep it simple? Do you want to put them on in the morning and go about your day? We can set them up to be fully automatic so no adjusting is necessary. The technology is available to help. Hearing should be effortless, and enjoyable.
NO MORE CHANGING SMALL BATTERIES!!!
Weekly battery changes can be a thing of the past. Ask us how rechargeable hearing aids work.
Noise Protection plugs