Hearing Loss

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in adults. There are three types of hearing loss; conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.

Conductive Hearing Loss: Hearing loss caused by a blockage in the middle ear that inhibits sound from passing to the inner ear. A conductive hearing loss is typically treated medically or surgically. Some possible causes of a conductive hearing loss include; fluid in the middle ear, hole in the eardrum, ear wax, swimmer's ear, or malformation of the outer or middle ear.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Permanent hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear. This type of hearing loss cannot be medically or surgically corrected however, it typically can be treated with hearing aids. Some possible causes of sensorineural hearing loss include; genetics, noise exposure, aging, malformation of the inner ear, or ototoxic medications.

Mixed Hearing Loss: Conductive hearing loss in conjunction with a sensorineural hearing loss.

Hearing loss typically occurs gradually over the years so it is not uncommon for family and friends to notice a concern regarding a loved one's hearing before they do. Untreated hearing loss can lead to irritability, anger, fatigue, stress, avoidance or withdrawal from social situations, impaired memory function, and reduced job performance.