The Facts about Hearing Loss
Everything You Wanted to Know About Hearing Loss – No Need to Be Afraid to Ask…
Across the United States, nearly 37.5 million adults live with hearing loss ranging from mild to severe. While seniors are more likely to have to cope with reduced hearing, even the youngest children can need treatment. With many misconceptions about why we lose our hearing and how to maintain a fully engaged lifestyle, the professionals at Family Audiology are happy to guide you to understand your situation so you can live your best life with excellent hearing.
The first step to finding solutions is to understand the causes and types of hearing loss. This helps our hearing practitioners and you identify options and prevent further deterioration or damage. We will then explain the alternatives so you can make the best choice for your particular situation.
Categories of Loss
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
The most common type of loss, Sensorineural hearing loss happens when the ear’s sensory cells and/or nerves are damaged or harmed.
Conductive Hearing Loss
When sound waves cannot penetrate from the outer ear to the inner ear, this is called Conductive hearing loss. It is sometimes due to a blockage or trauma in the middle ear.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Some people have components of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This is known as mixed hearing loss and can be more challenging to treat.
Be confident that you heard right
Loneliness, depression and dementia. Scientists have linked all of these to hearing loss. Compared to the general population, people with untreated hearing loss have higher unemployment rates than the general population. But with hearing aids, you can re-engage with your loved ones, take an active part in meetings and be confidence that you are not “missing anything” being said around you. Once people start wearing them, most find that wearing hearing aids are like glasses – easy, comfortable and vital to your daily life.
If you have a hearing loss that warrants amplification, you may be a candidate for hearing aids. In most cases, patients need two aids, also called binaural fit. Is this right for you?
Two is better than one! Find out how two hearing aids work together – called binaural fit – to improve your life with clearer sound and better outcomes.
Make an appointment for a professional opinion today or phone us at 607-323-4061.