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When should I see a hearing health care practitioner?
A. If you ever experience any of the following symptoms:
- The family complains the TV is too loud
- People seem to mumble when they speak
- You can hear people speaking, but can't quite understand what they are saying
- You often have to ask people to repeat themselves
- You have a hard time understanding conversation in groups or at partys
- You have ringing or roaring in your ears
- It is difficult to hear the phone ring
What are some causes of hearing loss?
A. There are many different causes of hearing loss which can affect all ages. Some of the more common causes are:
- Noise Exposure
Are there different types of hearing loss?
A. Yes. There are three primary types of hearing loss:
- Conductive Hearing Loss occurs when the transmission of sound through the outer and/or middle ear is interrupted. Common causes of this are: wax build up in the ear canal, a perforated eardrum, fluid in the middle ear and damaged ossicles.
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss occurs in the inner ear affecting the transmission of sound through the cochlea and/or the auditory nerve. Common causes are: exposure to loud noise, trauma, the normal aging process and disease.
- Mixed Hearing Loss occurs in the outer / middle ear and the inner ear. It is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. A mixed hearing loss can occur when a person has wax blockage in the ear canal and damage to the cochlea.
What are some of the warning signs of hearing loss?
A. There are definite warning signs you are being exposed to excessive noise levels:
- Having to shout to be heard
- Ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Redness or swelling around your ears
- Loss of hearing, even temporarily after exposure to noise
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call us now and take protective measures! 509-328-6731