A hearing test from a certified Audiologist can help you determine what kind of hearing loss you have. However, it is helpful to understand the two main types of hearing loss before your hearing test. These can be discussed with our certified Audiologists at our Milton clinic.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Many people who experience hearing loss have sensorineural hearing loss which is caused by damage to the nerves or hair cells in the inner ear. This damage might be caused by:
- Genetics, including the shape of your inner ears
- Repeated exposure to loud noise
- Head injury
- Medicines that damage the hearing nerve
- Illnesses that damage the hearing nerve, including autoimmune disorders
You can reduce the future impact of many of these causes, either by treating the illness, stopping certain medications, reducing your exposure to loud noises, or taking protective measures against head injuries. However, once a sensorineural factor has caused damage, that hearing loss is permanent. However, those who have sensorineural hearing loss can use hearing aids to restore their hearing and quality of life.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Sound travels from your outer ear to your inner ear. But with this type of hearing loss, something interrupts the sound either between the outer and middle ear which prevents sound from reaching the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss can be caused by:
- Ear wax
- Ear infections
- Ruptured eardrum
- Foreign object stuck in ear
- Head trauma (e.g., sports injury, a bad fall, car accident to name a few)
- Tumor growth in ear (very rare)
- Fluid in the ear from allergies or drainage problems
Frequently, the causes of conductive hearing can be prevented and treated. When the underlying cause is dealt with, hearing often returns. Also, some may have mixed hearing loss, where they suffer from both kinds of hearing loss. Those who do not regain full hearing can be counselled on the use of hearing aids to improve their hearing.
HearSay Can Help With Hearing Loss
HearSay offers hearing tests from certified Audiologists that can determine what kind of hearing loss you are experiencing and whether it can be treated or whether a referral to your family doctor or specialist is warranted. Addressing the hearing loss can prevent further hearing damage and could restore your hearing with the appropriate strategies in place. HearSay offers hearing aids in Milton and the surrounding communities. Contact us to schedule a hearing test and to discuss how to improve your hearing.