Normal hearing depends on the proper function of millions of structures and processes that happen in a matter of seconds. Occasionally, one or more structures within the auditory system fail, resulting in hearing loss and/or speech understanding problems. This condition tends to be more prevalent as we age.
Early detection of hearing loss allows for more effective intervention. Depending on the type of hearing loss a person is experiencing, this condition can be medically treatable and improved by one of our otolaryngologist or audiologist.
At ENT Specialists, the first step in treatment is having your hearing evaluated with an audiogram by one of our audiologist. This diagnostic test will provide a hearing profile displaying the extent and degree of your hearing loss. The audiogram is used during an audiological consultation to assess your specific hearing needs and determine the proper treatment.
Types of hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss is caused by a problem with the ear canal, the eardrum, and/or the three bones connected to the eardrum. The most common reasons for this type of hearing loss are a plug of excess wax in the ear canal or fluid behind the eardrum. ENT Specialists offers medical treatment for conductive hearing loss, or surgical treatment for more complex forms of conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve, often as a result of the aging process and/or noise exposure. With this type of hearing loss, sounds may be unclear, too soft, or a person may experience sensitivity to loud sounds. While medical or surgical intervention cannot always correct sensorineural hearing loss, hearing aids may help patients reclaim some sounds that are missing as a result of nerve deafness.
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