Hearing Loss Information

Understanding Hearing Loss Is Key to Hearing Again

Hearing loss can occur for a variety of reasons, and it can have a major impact on quality of life. Fortunately, many types of hearing loss can be corrected either with surgery or a hearing device.

Types of Hearing Loss

Conductive

Generally speaking, conductive hearing loss occurs when there are problems with the middle ear or the eardrum and the three bones that connect it to the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss may be surgically correctable and should be identified by a professional evaluation.

Sensorineural

Sensorineural hearing loss, or inner ear loss, is the most common form of hearing loss in the elderly. It usually occurs from gradual wear and tear on the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. Many times it is due to acute or chronic noise exposure; sometimes hereditary causes; less frequently, infections; and rarely, tumors of the hearing nerve. Unlike conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss can often be corrected with a hearing aid.

Detecting and Treating Hearing Loss

It is important to have a professional evaluation of your hearing loss to identify the correctable causes and detect any harmful medical conditions.