Hearing Loss


Hearing loss affects millions of people around the world, and its effects can range from minor to severe.

Not only can hearing loss have a significant impact on your quality of life, but the resulting social isolation and depression can also lead to deterioration in your cognitive health. It's important that we understand what hearing loss is, how it happens, and what we can do to prevent it.
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Types of Hearing Loss

There are three main types of hearing loss - conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is an issue with the outer or middle ear that prevents sound from being conducted effectively through the ear canal. This type is usually treatable with surgery, as it deals mainly with the removal of some sort of physical obstruction. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve that affects the way sound is processed by the brain. This type of hearing loss is not curable, as the hair cells of the cochlea in the inner ear can never be repaired once they're damaged. Mixed hearing loss occurs when both conductive and sensorineural elements are at play.
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Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including age-related damage, exposure to loud noise, certain medical conditions (e.g., diabetes), genetics, and more. Sensorineural hearing loss can either be congenital or acquired - meaning it can be present at birth or developed later in life. Conductive hearing loss has many comparable causes to sensorineural hearing loss, but the majority of them are rooted in physical anomalies. Age-related hearing loss is often referred to as presbycusis and is one of the most common forms of hearing impairment in adults over the age of 55. Exposure to loud noise (e.g., concerts) over long periods of time or even a single incident involving extremely intense sound, such as an explosion, can cause permanent damage as well. In some cases, medications such as antibiotics or chemotherapy drugs may also cause temporary or permanent hearing impairment.
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Preventing Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the most easily preventable conditions that we face. The best way to prevent hearing loss is by simply avoiding loud noises whenever possible (or wearing protective gear when it is not) and getting regular checkups with an audiologist if you have any concerns about your hearing health. If you're worried about age-related issues such as presbycusis, maintaining a healthy lifestyle - including eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly - may help slow down some aspects of aging-related decline in your body's systems, including your ears.
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No matter what type of hearing impairment you may be facing, it's vital that we understand what causes it in order to prevent further damage from occurring and minimize its effects on our lives.

While some types of hearing impairments may not be completely preventable (such as those caused by age), taking steps to reduce your exposure to loud noise, staying up-to-date on health screenings recommended by our professional staff, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can all help you protect your ears for years to come!
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We believe that everyone deserves access to quality hearing care, and our mobile, at-home hearing care is just one way that we strive to make that possible. Schedule a consultation today to see how we can help you hear better.
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