Hearing loss can happen to anyone of any age. The causes of hearing loss can vary but some common causes of hearing loss include the aging process, genetics, head or ear trauma, ear infections, medications, and loud noise exposure. There are three types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss is often caused by damage to the hearing nerve. This can be due to the aging process, overexposure to loud noise, head trauma, or genetics. Sensorineural hearing loss can effectively be treated with hearing aids. Conductive hearing loss is caused by an obstruction, such as earwax or fluid in the middle ear. With this type of hearing loss, sound waves are physically stopped from reaching the ear drum and inner ear. Removing the obstruction will often treat any hearing loss it is causing. The third type of hearing loss is mixed, which is a combination of sensorineural and conductive. Mixed hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the hearing nerve (sensorineural) and as well as a blockage in the ear (conductive).
Regardless of the type of hearing loss you have or what caused it, it’s important to come see us at Karla Floyd Audiology. Our audiologist can help you manage your hearing loss with hearing aids and is trained to perform earwax removal for conductive cases.
There are many signs you can look out for to tell if you might be experiencing hearing loss. These include, but are not limited to:
If you are experiencing one or more of the signs above, call us and get your hearing tested today. We recommend everyone get a hearing test annually. Just like you go to the doctor to have a regular check-up or have regular teeth cleanings, you should be seeing an audiologist annually as well. This allows us to monitor your hearing over time, catching any hearing loss that may come up early in the process. Being proactive is best for your quality of life, general health, and more.