- Conductive hearing loss is present when the sound is not reaching the inner ear, the cochlea. This an be due to external ear canal malformation, dysfunction of the eardrum or malfunction of the bones of the middle ear.
- Sensorineural hearing loss is one caused by dysfunction of the inner ear, the cochlea, the nerve that transmits the impulses from the cochlea to the hearing center in the brain or damage in the brain.
- Mixed hearing loss is a combination of the two types. Chronic ear infection (a common diagnosis) can cause a defective ear drum or middle-ear ossicle damage, or both.
Many people put off getting help for their hearing loss because they think it’s insignificant– something they can deal with by simply turning the TV louder or asking friends to repeat themselves. But research has linked untreated hearing loss to significant issues such as:
- Irritability, negativism and anger
- fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- avoidance or withdrawn from social situations
- social rejection and loneliness
- reduced alertness and increased risk of personal safety
- reduced job performance and earning power
- diminished psychological and overall health
Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the world. Nearly one in five American age 12 and older experience hearing loss severe enough to interfere with daily communication. We understand these difficulties and will work with you get you hearing better, if not perfect again. Please make an appointment today for a FREE HEARING TEST