Hearing loss can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life.
Communication becomes difficult and many sounds, like rain falling or an emergency siren cannot be heard at all.
- More than 40 million Americans have hearing loss.
- In the U.S., about 2 million children under age 18 are hearing-impaired.
- 12 million people in the U.S. utilize hearing aids.
- Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the nation, following arthritis and high blood pressure.
For adults, the frustration that comes from hearing loss can put a strain on family and social relationships. When children have hearing loss, their development can be delayed significantly, leading to learning difficulties.
Types of Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when something blocks the sound from reaching the inner ear. This may be due to a middle ear infection, a hole in the eardrum, blockage of the ear canal, or a buildup of fluid or earwax. Some conductive hearing loss can be corrected by surgery or another type of medical intervention. If the damage is permanent, hearing aids can often correct the loss hearing.
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss and is caused by nerve failure. Aging is a common contributor, but exposure to loud music or machinery noise can cause sensorineural hearing loss at any age. Individuals affected by sensorineural hearing loss often say they can hear people taking but can’t understand what is being said. Hearing aids may help improve the individual’s ability to hear.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Individuals with this type of hearing loss may also be helped through the use of hearing aids.
At Hearing Science of the Foothills, we understand the effects that hearing loss has on individuals and their loved ones. We’ll begin your evaluation by getting to know your unique hearing health needs and, if necessary, assist you in selecting the best hearing aid for your budget and lifestyle.
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