Hearing loss can be caused by many things, some include:
- Too much earwax
- Loud or prolonged noise exposure
- Getting an object stuck in the ear
- Or in rare cases an underlying disease
Hearing loss can be an event or can be a decrease in how well you can hear. Hearing loss ranges from mild to severe, temporary or permanent. Gradual hearing loss can be found in people of all ages. Hearing loss is most common in adults, and it is due to age and exposure to different noises.
Hearing loss sometimes is misunderstood and the effects may cause behavior in others, such as, misinterpreted as inattention, standoffishness, confusion, dementia or even a change in personality.
Let’s first take a closer look at, anatomy of the ear. The structure of the ear has 3 parts to it
It involves the outer and middle ear. This occurs when sound has a hard time getting through the outer and middle part of the ear. Soft sounds are harder to hear and the louder sounds may sound more muffled. Sometimes this can be cured by medicine or surgery.
Most of the time when sound passes in the ear canal to the eardrum where it is transmitted across the middle ear to the inner ear by three small bones called the ossicles. Conductive hearing loss results if there is a mechanical problem in transmitting the sound from the outer and middle ear to the inner ear.
This is a type of hearing loss in which the main cause is in the inner ear and/ or sensory organ. Sensorineural Hearing Loss accounts for about 90% of reported hearing loss.Sensorineural hearing loss causes speech to sound quieter and distorted. Usually, low frequency vowel sounds will be perceived better than high frequency consonant sounds. Soft sounds may also be hard to hear. Even some loud sounds may be unclear or distorted.
Sensorineural hearing loss is also called presbycusis (or presbyacusis) and results from damage to the tiny hair cells in the cochlea or damage to the auditory nerve that transmits signals to the brain
The most common is age related (presbycusis) or caused by noise.
Here at Lubbock ENT and Hearing, we are here to help you find the cure that you need. If you see a change in your hearing, do not wait until the last minute. Call us for a consultation today. We can test for both hearing loss types to find out the root of your issue.
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