Do you find yourself asking other people to repeat themselves? Do you often increase the volume on the television or radio? Do noisy places, such as restaurants, make it difficult for you to follow conversations?
If you answered yes to these questions, you may be suffering from hearing loss. But you’re not alone. In fact, over 38 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, and it’s rising at an alarming rate, especially in younger generations.
At Audiology & Hearing Aid Solutions, we’ve been providing comprehensive hearing healthcare and personalized solutions to patients in the Clifton, Haskell, Mahwah, Morristown, Paramus, and Pompton Plains, and Pompton Lake communities in Northern New Jersey for over twenty-five years.
Because hearing loss is classified by which part of the auditory system is affected, it is crucial to conduct hearing evaluations to determine which type of hearing loss you have and what treatment options are available.
What is Conductive Hearing Loss?
Often the result of disorders in either the outer or middle ear, conductive hearing loss prevents sound from traveling to the eardrum. Sounds and voices are distorted and faint.
- Options for treatment depend on its severity and can include medication, hearing aids, surgery, or the use of an implantable direct bone conduction system.
- Most common causes of conductive hearing loss include: Ear infections, perforated or scarring of eardrum, fluid in the ear, allergies, and unusual growths or tumors.
What is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
The most common type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the nerves of the cochlea (inner ear) are damaged and cannot properly transfer signals to the brain.
- Treatment usually involves the prescription of hearing aids. For more severe cases, cochlear implants can be considered.
- The most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss include: exposure to loud sounds, aging, illness, head trauma, ototoxic medications, stroke, high fever, Ménière's disease and heredity.
What is Mixed Hearing Loss?
A combination of conductive and sensorineural components.
At Audiology & Hearing Aid Solutions, we’re committed to helping you improve your quality of life through better hearing. The first step in that process is determining the type of hearing loss you’ve sustained and determining which solution will best fit your needs.