Approximately 20% of adults in the United States (roughly 48 million) report some degree of hearing loss. About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf. Hearing loss has become a major health concern and is now the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. It can come on suddenly or gradually deteriorate over time, and, depending on the cause, can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The ear is a complex organ comprised of three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. Hearing loss can result from damage to any of these parts. When the damage is localized in the outer or middle ear, the result is called conductive hearing loss. Some common causes of conductive hearing loss are infection and fluid in the middle ear from a cold, infection of the auditory canal or “swimmer’s ear”, perforated eardrum, impacted wax, poor eustachian tube function, foreign body in the ear and otosclerosis. Many outer and middle ear problems can be treated successfully with medication or surgery. In cases where treatment is not effective, hearing aids would be recommended to improve the residual hearing loss.
When hearing loss is due to problems of the inner ear, which transmits information to the brain via the auditory nerve, it is called sensorineural hearing loss. Some causes are exposure to loud noise, head trauma, virus or disease, genetic factors, presbycusis (aging), ototoxicity (exposure to drugs or chemicals that damage the inner ear) and Meniere’s disease. Depending on the cause, treatment may consist of steroids, cochlear implants, or hearing aids.
If hearing loss is suspected, you should contact the office of Sound On Audiology, LLC., to make an appointment with Jami Leventhal, our licensed Audiologist who is specially trained to identify, diagnose, and treat hearing loss. She will conduct a thorough case history, perform an audiological evaluation, and make the appropriate recommendations. The hearing test will measure the extent of the hearing loss and determine whether you are a candidate for a hearing aid.
Hearing aids are available in all shapes, sizes, colors, and technology levels, to meet your individual needs and lifestyle. Modern hearing aids have the capability to reduce background noise better than ever before and can adapt seamlessly on their own to different environments. Optional accessories are available to stream telephones, televisions, stereos, and computers wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Don’t suffer with hearing loss anymore. There are many solutions available to you. As Helen Keller said, “When you lose your eyesight, you lose contact with things. When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people”. Schedule your appointment today.