Take time to understand Hearing Loss

Your decision to do something about your hearing loss begins with understanding what is happening with your hearing.

Hearing loss is the third most prevalent health issue in older adult, after arthritis and heart disease. 20% of Canadians aged 19 to 79 have some degree of hearing loss. 70% of Canadians with measured hearing loss have not yet seen a hearing health care professional. Hearing loss has been seen to negatively impact nearly every dimension of life. It effects your physical health, emotional, mental health, social skills, family relationships and self worth. Ignoring your hearing loss is the worst thing you can do for your hearing. Don’t put it off any longer. Improve the quality of your life by improving your hearing. In most cases earlier you detect your hearing loss the higher the success rate of hearing instruments you will have.

Types of Hearing Loss

They are three types of hearing loss. Your Hearing Healthcare provider will be able to identify your hearing loss.

Sensorineural hearing loss

A sensorineural hearing loss is due to a problem in the inner ear. Throughout life everybody loses the tiny hair cells in the cochlea, which leads to gradually decreases in our hearing. However, the hair cells can also be damaged by noise abuse. As a result of prolonged exposure to high intensity noise either from the work environment or from listening to very loud music. Sensorineural hearing impairment is becoming more common. You can also suffer from sensorineural hearing loss having been exposed to  some diseases .It could also be inherited and caused by head/ear injuries.

Conductive Hearing loss

When hearing loss is due to problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear and its three tiny bones (the malleus, incus, and stapes.) Conductive hearing loss usually involves a reduction in sound level or the ability to hear faint sounds. This type of hearing loss can often be corrected medically or surgically. Some possible causes of conductive hearing loss are fluid in the middle ear from colds, ear infections, Allergies, Poor eustachian tube function, Perforated eardrum, Benign tumors, Impacted earwax , Infection in the ear canal, Swimmer’s Ear, Presence of a foreign body and lastly absence or malformation of the outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear

Mixed Hearing loss

Refers to a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing. This type of hearing loss means that there may be damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear.