Types of Hearing Loss

Like vision, hearing exists across a wide spectrum. Where you are on that spectrum depends on a host of factors – from genetics to age to lifestyle. Even medication can negatively impact your ability to hear.

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And quite often, close friends and family are the first ones to notice any diminished capacity.

At The Hearing Solution, we custom design treatment solutions that are both:

  • Specific to the type of hearing loss you’re facing.
  • Unique to your current lifestyle, goals, and challenges.

Below are the 3 most common types of hearing loss – and how we treat them in our office.

  • 1. Sensorineural Hearing Loss

    Those suffering from sensorineural hearing loss often complain about:

    • Lack of speech clarity when speaking with others.
    • Dropped words – especially at the end of sentences.
    • Difficulty hearing when there is background noise.

    Our comprehensive treatment solutions for sensorineural hearing loss include the following.

    First, we conduct a detailed evaluation of your entire auditory system – complete with hearing, speech, otoacoustic emissions, and middle ear testing.

    Thereafter, we run a functional hearing assessment to test your auditory system’s ability to process words and speech in noisy backgrounds. This “real world” testing allows us to pinpoint the exact source of your hearing loss and the most appropriate corrective solution.

    If hearing aids are recommended, this functional hearing assessment also allows us to determine which technology, manufacturer, and level of customization delivers the greatest improvement for the user. Again, we simulate real world situations to help you see how each hearing aid performs in background noise.

    However, our treatment solutions don’t stop there:

    • If you choose one of our wireless hearing aid options, we can help you configure any Bluetooth-enabled devices in your home, car, and office.
    • We provide a hearing loop and installation in your home to connect you wirelessly to your television
    • All of our patients receive auditory training to help them strengthen their brains’ neural networks and their ears’ ability to process sound. These exercises are highly recommended – whether you use hearing aids or not.
    • We provide follow-up care, complete with additional screening and hearing aid reprogramming to help you get the most out of your treatment solution.
  • 2. Tinnitus Hearing Loss

    If you suffer from tinnitus hearing loss, it’s not uncommon to experience “high pitch” ringing or other noises in the ears. The intensity of these sounds can vary considerably – from mild, temporary annoyances to constant, loud ringing that can’t be ignored.

    Note that tinnitus hearing loss isn’t a standalone condition. Instead, it is usually symptomatic of a larger issue such as:

    • Damage to the inner ear.
    • Overexposure to loud noises.
    • Adverse effects of certain medications.

    There is no known cure for tinnitus loss. But with our holistic treatment approach, this condition is manageable.

    Our treatment begins with a complete hearing evaluation that includes both traditional screening and otoacoustic emissions testing. Based on these examinations, we recommend the most appropriate hearing aid. Equally important, we carefully customize your device to address the specific challenges that tinnitus hearing loss sufferers face.

  • 3. Hearing Loss Dementia

    Recent research has uncovered a link between hearing loss and a 40% increase in the risk of dementia. Dr. Frank Lin, one of the pioneering audiologists behind this research, discovered that,

    “[H]earing loss is independently associated with poorer cognitive functioning on nonverbal tests of memory and executive function, accelerated cognitive decline, the risk of developing dementia, and accelerated rates of brain atrophy.”

    His team settled what many had suspected for years – that even a mild hearing loss can change the physical and neurological structure of the brain. According to Lin, “When a person needs to strain to listen to a very garbled message through the ear, it over taxes the brain.”

    When addressing hearing loss dementia, our treatment focuses on:

    • Early intervention to identify the scope of the problem as quickly as possible.
    • Ongoing counseling – both through one-on-one consultations and monthly group meetings.
    • Carefully selected and customized hearing aid devices and hearing loops – if applicable.

In addition, we provide all of our patients with ear and brain training to help them improve their:

  • Auditory memory
  • Ability to distinguish fine sounds
  • Speed of Processing Words and Sentences

Auditory Training is also recommended if you have a hearing loss but aren't ready for hearing devices.

Have More Questions about Hearing Loss Types and Treatments?

Although the above represent the 3 most common types of hearing loss, we specialize in the full range of auditory treatments and counseling. Contact us to find out if your insurance works with our hearing solutions.

To learn how we can help you overcome your hearing loss challenges, schedule a consultation with us today.

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