Understanding Different Types Of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be serious business, whether it’s temporary or permanent, it’s difficult to lose a sense upon which we rely so heavily. There is no universal cause or experience of hearing loss, though the most common route is through the natural aging process. If you feel that you are experiencing a degree of hearing loss, the most sensible next step is to schedule a hearing test with your hearing professional in order to find the best way of intervening.
Conductive Hearing Loss
A rare type of hearing loss is Conductive Hearing Loss. This occurs when there is an obstruction or damage to the outer or middle ear that prevents sound from being conducted to the inner ear. This type of hearing loss has a higher chance of recovery depending upon the cause.
An example of an outer ear damage leading to Conductive Hearing Loss is a wax impaction. While your hearing will surely suffer until the problem is attended to, once the obstruction is removed hearing will most likely return to normal on its own. An inner ear malady that may cause this type of hearing loss is blockages in the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat. Again, treating the cause will likely return hearing to normal.
Funnily enough, while this is one of the rarer forms of hearing loss, the way in which hearing is affected is how many people assume all hearing loss is experienced. Because the sensitive inner ear and auditory nerve are undamaged with Conductive Hearing Loss, simply turning up the volume on external devices will solve their hearing difficulty. Of course, accompanying the hearing loss will likely be pain or uncomfortable sensations around the affected ear that make this type of hearing loss easier to diagnose.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when either the tiny hair-like cells of the inner ear or the auditory nerves are damaged. So, what does the experience of more common hearing loss feel like and why is it different from Conductive Hearing Loss? Many people with sensorineural hearing loss report that they can hear people speaking, but not clearly. People who have had perfect hearing their entire lives gradually find that they’re asking people to repeat themselves or enunciate more clearly in order to understand what is being said. It can feel a lot like everyone else should stop mumbling rather than a new development in their hearing capabilities.
Sensorineural hearing loss can affect people of any age and is cited as the cause in about 90% of hearing loss situations which resulted in the wearing of hearing aids. In babies born with this hearing loss, it is most likely due to a genetic syndrome or from an infection passed from mother to fetus inside the womb. The most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are; age related changes, noise exposure, inner ear blood circulation, inner ear fluid disturbances and problems with the hearing nerve.
In almost all cases, sensorineural hearing loss is irreversible. Hearing aids and cochlear implants are one way that hearing loss such as this can be successfully treated. Normal hearing may never be restored, but a very good simulation is achievable!
Take Care Of Your Hearing Today
If you’ve yet to experience any degree of hearing loss, or if your loss is minimal, then you are reading this at the perfect time. Take proactive steps to ensure that you’re postponing any damage to your delicate hearing system for as long as possible.
Continuously and religiously check the volumes on your devices. In our society, it seems as though there is always a source of external noise turned on around us. The volumes of our phones, televisions, car stereos and laptops can all creep up over time. Choose a conservative volume as your “standard” – hearing care professionals recommend 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes at a time. Make sure that your listening levels don’t slowly move north of that barometer.
If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing, contact us today at Hearing Spa to schedule a hearing test. If you have a diagnosed degree of hearing loss and are considering hearing aids, well, what are you waiting for? While your hearing capabilities may never return to normal, the rapid decline of your hearing health can be stalled with treatment. For more information, contact us at Hearing Spa of Florida.