Types of hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss
A conductive hearing loss is when sound is not effectively reaching the inner ear. This could be due to a host of problems including fluid in the middle ear, impacted cerumen, otitis or ear infection, a perforated ear drum or malformation of the outer and middle ear system just to name a few. This type of hearing loss can often be corrected medically or surgically. With this type of hearing loss the hearing instrument specialist or audiologist should refer the patient to an ENT or physician for further evaluation which we have in our office for your added convenience.
Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the cochlea or nerve pathways to the brain. This hearing loss is the most common permanent hearing loss. It can be caused by aging, head trauma or exposure to loud noise to name a few. This type of hearing loss cannot be corrected medically, but can be improved with the introduction of hearing aids.
Hearing loss and your brain
Several studies link untreated hearing loss to negative effects on the human brain, particularly as people age. Adults 50 and older with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering that's adults with normal hearing. Adults 75 and older with untreated hearing loss experience a 30 to 40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities. Seniors with untreated hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. Adults with hearing loss who wear hearing aids have a lower unemployment rate than peers with hearing loss who do no wear hearing aids.