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Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Treatment

Hearing loss affects more than 48 million adults of all ages in the United States.

Nearly one-fifth of the American population, 12 years and older, experience hearing loss so severe that may make communication difficult. As a major public health issue, it ranks third in the most common physical conditions after arthritis and heart disease. As we age over 65 years, it is reported that one out of three people experience hearing loss, which may sometimes be confused with, or complicated by, conditions similar to dementia.

hearing lossSome Causes of Hearing Loss

  • Age
  • Noise
  • Environment
  • Genetics
  • Wax
  • Cold or Sinus Infection
  • Viral infections
  • Diabetes
  • Certain disease processes
  • Certain medications
  • Head trauma
  • Ear infections

Types of Hearing Loss

  • Sensorineural: damage to possibly both the inner ear (sensory loss) and to the auditory nerve (neural loss). This type is typically a loss of clarity and volume.
  • Conductive: interference with the transmission of sound through the external ear canal, the eardrum, the small bones in the middle ear, the middle-ear cavity, and/or the Eustachian tube. This type is typically a loss of volume.
  • Mixed: hearing loss affected by both sensorineural and conductive components.

Common signs of hearing loss

Do you…

  • Feel people are mumbling?
  • Hear that people are talking, but are unable to make out the words?
  • Frequently have to ask for repetition?
  • Have trouble hearing when noise is present?
  • Turn up the volume on your television or radio?
  • Lean in to conversation to hear better?
  • Have trouble when someone is speaking from another room?
  • Become anxious or tired in social situations because you cannot understand conversation?
  • Frequently misunderstand what is said?
  • Have to strain to hear or understand?
  • Have ringing/buzzing in the ears?

Are others around you…

  • Becoming inpatient with having to repeat themselves?
  • Tell you that you are misunderstanding them?
  • Complain the television is too loud?
  • Tell you that you do not respond when spoken to?
  • Tell you that your speech has changed?

 

What to do if you feel you have a hearing loss:

Make an appointment with our ENT physician, Dr. Mark Agrama, to check the ears for wax, infection, or a treatable disease. After treatment, your physician may refer you to our Audiologist, Dr. Marissa Land, to thoroughly evaluate your hearing sensitivity and degree of hearing loss. From there, they can make the appropriate recommendations. If you are diagnosed with a hearing loss that cannot be managed medically, hearing aids may be a good option for you. Our Audiologist can help you with the decision making process and thoroughly explain your options.

 

What if you need hearing aids?

We give our patients appropriate recommendations for their particular hearing loss. What may work for one patient, may not work for another. The visit for obtaining hearing aids is very individualized for each patient and their needs. We work with our patients to assist in the process of learning and adapting to the new experience hearing aids bring. Time, practice, and patience are key to any new experience.

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