BRINGING HEARING TO LIFE

Diagnosing Hearing Loss

There are several types of hearing loss, each with its own causes and treatments.


Sensorineural

Sensorineural hearing loss happens when you suffer from inner ear or auditory nerve dysfunction. There are several causes to this kind of hearing loss, but sadly it is often irreversible. Luckily, hearing aids are a common way to treat this kind of loss and can greatly improve your hearing.


Conductive

Conductive hearing loss reduces the intensity of sounds as they reach the cochlea in your ear. It’s caused by something blocking sound in the middle ear and can usually be easily treated.


Mixed

Mixed hearing loss means you suffer from both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing aids can potentially help in this situation, but you should talk to Dr. Keith about your options.


Tinnitus

Tinnitus is ringing in your ears caused by various issues, including injury and circulatory system disorders. A common occurrence, tinnitus is rarely a serious issue. If the ringing worsens over time, our staff can help come up with treatments to fit the problem.


Neural

Damage to the auditory nerve can cause permanent hearing loss. In this case, hearing aids will not help.


Acoustic Neuroma

An uncommon hearing loss cause, acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor on the main nerve from your inner ear. As the tumor slowly grows, the pressure can create hearing loss and vertigo. Radiation and surgery might be needed to treat acoustic neuroma – we’ll be able to discuss your options during your appointment.


Meniere's Disease

Meniere’s Disease affects the inner ear and causes vertigo along with hearing loss. A chronic condition, there are several treatments we can implement during and in between your appointments.


What if you have a hearing loss – should it be treated?

It is very important to treat hearing loss as soon as possible. Even if you think you can manage with the pain or irritation of hearing loss, it can actually affect upi in ways you wouldn’t expect. Hearing loss can reduce your overall alertness, impair your memory, increase your risk of an accident and hurt your mental and physical health.


If you’d like to test your hearing at home, check out Siemens online hearing test. For a more thorough screening, please call us for an appointment.

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