Hearing Loss

Understanding Hearing Loss

Congratulations on taking the first step to better hearing.  Gaining knowledge of your hearing loss or hearing loss of a loved one is extremely important.  It can be a daunting task and confusing as to where to start and what solution would be best for you.  Rest assured we understand all too well what you are experiencing. Hearing loss affects many of our very own employees and families.  We believe that makes us even more of a perfect match for your hearing needs.  Look around and let us know what questions you have and how we can be of service to you.  We will be there for you every step of the way.  Hearing Loss affects one-third of people in the US between the ages of 65-75.  If you are older than 75 then shockingly the numbers climb to around one in every two people.  

A Visual Guide To How We Hear

A little-known fact, your brain actually does the hearing, our ears are simply the mechanism to convert sounds to nerve impulses your brain translates into sounds or words.  Any sound impulse in your right ear is sent to the left side of your brain. Any sound impulse in your left ear is sent to the right side of your brain. .This function is important in helping us enjoy a better quality of life.

The visual guide to how the ear works will help you better understand hearing loss.  We believe the better you’re educated the better we can help find a solution that will help you enjoy a better life!

Degree of Hearing Loss

Audiogram with Hearing Loss

No two hearing losses are the same.  As you receive your hearing test your hearing professional will help you understand the degree and type of your hearing loss.  Below are threshold ranges depending on the degree of loss.  Most hearing losses are Presbycusis by nature and often falling off first in the high frequencies as illustrated.

  • Normal hearing ranges from -10dB to 20 dB.
  • Mild Hearing ranges from 21 dB to 40 dB.
  • Moderate Hearing ranges from 41 dB to 70 dB.
  • Severe Hearing ranges from 71 dB to 90 dB.
  • Profound Hearing ranges from 91 dB to 120 dB.

Check out our video on A Hearing Test Is Easy.

Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Loss

The most common type of hearing loss we see in the practice is sensorineural hearing loss.  This type of loss is due to damage in the inner ear, namely the nerve cells in the cochlea.  This is common due to age or noise exposure.  Typically very correctable.  Your HG professional will help you with any questions.

Conductive Loss

Sometimes we see this loss when there is too much wax in the ear canal.  Other times it can be because there is a breakdown in the middle ear.  If there is a breakdown in the middle ear your HG professional will educate you and refer you so you can perhaps get it treated medically.

Mixed Loss

This type of loss is as it sounds.  It is typically a combination of a Sensorineural and Conductive hearing loss.  Every scenario has its own set of challenges but again your HG Professional will guide through the process and help you make an intelligent decision. 

Good News! Hearing Help Is Available

You’re not alone, millions of Americans all over the country suffer from hearing loss.  They also are feeling at times, lost in conversation or the feeling of being left out of the most precious moments in life with family gatherings.

Rest assured there is help out there for you.  The first step is researching the help that is right for you.  The second step is getting your hearing tested to confirm how you hear.  From there it is so easy, find a solution that fits your lifestyle.

Jumping back into life has never been easier.  When you are ready, contact one of our offices to set up your FREE hearing evaluation, they will guide every step of the way.