Hearing Loss

Learn more about your hearing and how you can stay healthy.

Hearing Loss and Your Health

Hearing has a crucial impact on our overall health. When you can’t hear sounds due to hearing loss, then your brain stops processing those sounds into information and memories. This can often lead to cognitive decline or dementia. When you can’t hear your speech comprehension also suffers. The longer your hearing loss goes untreated the worse your speech comprehension will be, making it harder for you to understand conversations. Hearing aids can help you with speech discrimination and will keep your brain active and healthy. When you hear the sounds around you, your brain receives the proper stimulation and exercise it needs to function. The sooner your treat your hearing loss with hearing aids then the better your hearing will be.

Hearing loss has also been proven to increase feelings of social isolation and depression. When you can’t hear well you tend to avoid social situations or groups of people. You may feel embarrassed because you can’t hear or have to ask people to repeat themselves. Often times as a result people avoid others entirely. This causes them to isolate themselves which leads to depression. Treating hearing loss with hearing aids can lead to an increase in happiness and an improved quality of life. When you can hear, you get back to enjoying the people and things you love. If you have hearing loss, don’t let it affect your personal life and relationships. Come see us at Thunder Audiology so we can go over your options for managing hearing loss, and enjoy life again.

When to Get Your Hearing Tested

Hearing loss often occurs gradually, over many years. It can be difficult to realize that you have hearing loss since your brain had adjusted to not hearing certain sounds anymore. If your friends and family have suggested you have your hearing checked, then you should make an appointment with us today. We won’t pressure you to get hearing aids, we just want to perform a full hearing test to make sure your hearing is healthy and to go over your options. Some signs you may have hearing loss include:

  • You can hear someone speaking but you can’t understand what they are saying.
  • It sounds like people mumble.
  • You have a difficult time hearing when there is background noise.
  • You can’t hear the person on the other end of the phone.
  • You avoid social situations or large groups of people because you can’t hear well.
  • You frequently ask people to repeat themselves.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three different types of hearing loss. There is sensorineural, conductive, and mixed hearing loss. Regardless of the type of hearing loss you have, it is important to have your hearing evaluated so you can receive help managing your hearing loss with hearing aids.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the cochlea in the inner ear or damage to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. This is the most common type of hearing loss and effects the most people. Several causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • Aging
  • Illnesses
  • Toxic drugs
  • Head trauma
  • Malformation of the inner ear

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound cannot be transmitted through the hearing mechanism of the outer and middle ear to reach the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss is not typically permeant and can be corrected with medical intervention. Some causes of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Earwax build-up
  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Trauma to the head or ear

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This occurs when there is damage or a blockage in the outer ear or middle ear as well as damage to the cochlea or auditory nerve in the inner ear. The causes of mixed hearing loss include a combination of causes from conductive and sensorineural hearing losses.

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