Facts About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. Approximately 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss. 

Unfortunately, hearing loss is an invisible condition. We see only the effects. In most cases, hearing loss cannot be reversed. That's why it's imperative to be aware of the signs, seek appropriate care and utilize the advanced technology offered today. Trust us when we say that first call you make to an audiologist really can be life changing!

Types and causes of Hearing Loss

  • Conductive Hearing Loss - Hearing loss due to problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear. Essentially, it is a mechanical problem with the conduction of sound vibrations. Common causes of conductive hearing loss include:
    • Malformation of outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear structures
    • Otitis Externa ("Swimmer's Ear")
    • Otitis Media (middle ear fluid or infection)
    • Allergies
    • Impacted earwax
    • Infection in the ear canal
    • Foreign body in the ear
    • Otosclerosis
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss - Hearing loss due to problems of the inner ear, also known as nerve-related hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is a problem with the generation and/or transmission of nerve impulses from the inner ear to the brain. Causes of sensorineural hearing loss may include:
    • Exposure to loud noise
    • Head trauma
    • Virus or disease
    • Autoimmune inner ear disease
    • Hereditary
    • Aging (presbycusis)
    • Malformation of the inner ear
    • Meniere’s Disease
    • Otosclerosis
  • Mixed Hearing Loss - A combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. 

If you think you may be experiencing some hearing loss, please contact us or complete our hearing questionnaire.