Hearing loss causes a decrease in the ability of the ear to hear normally.
A hearing loss is classified at either conductive (a problem with the
conduction of sound from the eardrum to the inner ear) or sensorineural
(a problem with the inner ear itself). Conductive losses are sometimes
correctible with surgery or medical intervention. Sensorineural hearing
losses are more common and usually permanent. Hearing aids are often the
Symptoms of hearing loss include:
-difficulty understanding in noisy situations
-difficulty hearing on the phone
-being able to hear conversation but not understand everything
-asking people to repeat themselves
-pretending to understand
-difficulty understanding children and women’s voices
-avoidance of certain situations because of your hearing
-frustration (you and family members)
Degrees of hearing loss can range from mild to profound. Some frequencies
may be more affected than others sometimes causing distortion in one’s
hearing. A high frequency loss is the most common kind of hearing loss.
Some common causes of hearing loss include: age, noise exposure, disease,
heredity, and unknown causes.
If you feel you or a family member may be having some problems with hearing,
getting your hearing tested is quick and easy process that may help alleviate
some stress in your life.
Testing takes about 15-20 minutes. First the audiologist will make a visual
inspection of your ear with an otoscope. Next, a pressure test will be
preformed to test the mobility of your eardrum. You will then be asked
to repeat back words which will reveal any distortion in your hearing.
And finally you will listen for the beeps and press a button when you
hear them which tells us your exact hearing levels. After the test, the
audiologist will go over the results with you and make any recommendations.
Children as young as 9 months of age can be tested in our office. This
is done either through a method of visual reinforcement or playing a game
with pegs while listening for beeps.
Reasons to get your hearing tested include:
- If you know or suspect that you have a hearing loss.
- If a family member requests it.
- If you are experiencing tinnitus, vertigo, fullness in the ear, or recurrent
- If children have speech delays, ear infections, or if there is parental/teacher
Feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment or if you have
any further questions. (919) 942-7278