How We Hear
There are three sections of the ear: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Each section helps move sound through the process of hearing. When a sound occurs, the outer ear feeds it through the ear canal to the eardrum. The noise causes the eardrum to vibrate. This, in turn, causes three little bones inside the middle ear (malleus, incus, stapes) to move. That movement travels into the inner ear (cochlea), where it makes tiny little hairs move in a fluid. These hairs convert the movement to auditory signals, which are then transmitted to the brain to register the sound.
Causes of Hearing Loss Solutions
Hearing Loss Solutions occurs when sound is blocked in any of the three areas of the ear. The most common cause of Hearing Loss Solutions — and one of the most preventable — is exposure to loud noises. Infections, both of the ear or elsewhere in the body, are also a major contributor to Hearing Loss Solutions.
In the Outer Ear: Earwax build-up, infections that cause swelling, a growth in the ear canal, injury or birth defects can restrict hearing in the outer ear.
In the Middle Ear: Fluid build-up is responsible for the most common infections and blockages in the middle ear. Fluid in the middle ear prevents the bones from processing sounds properly. Tumors, both benign and malignant, can also result in Hearing Loss Solutions in the middle ear.
In the Inner Ear: The natural process of aging diminishes hearing from damage to the cochlea (mechanism for converting sound vibrations to brain signals), vestibular labyrinth (which regulates balance), or the acoustic nerve (nerve that sends sound signals to the brain). Additionally, inner ear infections, Meniere’s disease and other nerve-related problems contribute to Hearing Loss Solutions in the inner ear.
Other causes of Hearing Loss Solutions include:
Presbycusis: Age-related Hearing Loss Solutions, such as having difficulty hearing in noisy places, having trouble understanding what people are saying or not registering softer sounds.
Heredity and Genetic Causes: There is a wide variety of diseases and syndromes that are either genetic or hereditary that can cause Hearing Loss Solutions. Some, like rubella (German measles) occur when a pregnant mother has the disease, which causes Hearing Loss Solutions in the baby. Other, rarer types of hereditary and genetic causes include CHARGE Syndrome, Connexin 26 disorder, Goldenhar Syndrome,Treacher Collins Syndrome, Usher Syndrome, Waardenburg Syndrome and otosclerosis (growth of spongy bone tissue in the middle ear).
Most causes of outer ear Hearing Loss Solutions can be remedied. But problems of the middle and inner ear can lead to permanent Hearing Loss Solutions, which is why it is important to seek medical attention quickly if you are experiencing a problem hearing.
Types of Hearing Loss Solutions
There are four types of Hearing Loss Solutions:
Conductive Hearing Loss Solutions: Caused by conditions that block the transmission of sound through the outer ear and eardrum to the middle ear.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss Solutions: Inner ear damage that occurs as part of the natural process of aging.
Mixed Hearing Loss Solutions: Mixed Hearing Loss Solutions refers to people who have both conductive and sensorineural Hearing Loss Solutions. Most people experience more than one type of Hearing Loss Solutions.
Central Hearing Loss Solutions: This occurs when the central nervous system fails to send a readable signal to the brain, which is called a central auditory processing disorder. People with central Hearing Loss Solutions generally can hear all sounds, but can’t separate or process them.
Hearing Loss Solutions is measured in four degrees: mild, moderate, severe or profound. The degree of Hearing Loss Solutions drives the selection of the best form of treatment on a case-by-case basis.
Hearing Solutions Treatments
The location, type and degree of Hearing Loss Solutions impact the choice of treatments for any hearing problem. The most common treatment options include:
Medication: Antibiotics, decongestants and pain medication to overcome ear infections.
Myringotomy: A piercing of the eardrum to allow for fluids to drain out of the outer ear.
Insertion of a tube: Into the Eustachian tube (part of the anatomy that connects the middle ear to the back of the throat) to keep it open and allow for normal fluid drainage. This technique may be recommended for people who get frequent ear infections.
Surgery: To remove benign or malignant tumors or correct bone- or nerve-related problems.
If you experience sudden or prolonged Hearing Loss Solutions with dizziness, fever or pain, please contact our office right away and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists. We’ll conduct a physical examination as well as a hearing test to determine the type and severity of your Hearing Loss Solutions. We’ll then recommend the best treatment.
An audiologist is a trained professional who measures hearing loss and can fit hearing aids. An audiologist has at least a Masters degree specializing in hearing loss, and many now also have an AuD (Doctorate) degree, too.
An audiologist is also trained and certified to perform other evaluations and treatments. Some audiologists work in research or educational fields, and others work with patients (typically in a clinic, an ENT office or in their own private practice) measuring hearing loss, fitting hearing aids and performing other related tests. Those certified to work in clinical situations with patients, will have a title of “Certified Clinical Competence Audiologist (CCCA) after their names.
Purchasing a Hearing Aid:
Being fitted with the right hearing aid is critical to success with hearing aids. Hearing aids are an important investment in your quality of life. We can guide you through the hearing aid selection and buying process.
The cost range of hearing aids is as wide as the products available. What will suit you depends on the extent of your hearing loss, the style you prefer, and the technology it features. Cost also varies depending on the brand and provider. Newer models rely on more advanced forms of technology for optimal hearing and such improvements come at a cost. As a consumer, you will need to decide what instrument you want based on your own very individual needs, circumstances and of course on your budget. Please know that financing is available at Associated Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists.
You deserve to hear the best you can and a hearing solution can add value to your experiences. Imagine being able to enjoy an active everyday life at work, when eating out, going on holidays and participating in social gatherings and family occasions without the worry of missing out. Why should you compromise on your hearing when hearing gives you access to the world around you, allowing you to get the best out of life?
Please Contact Us:
We invite you to call Associated Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists at 860-586-2111 with any questions or concerned you might have about your hearing issue, or the hearing issue of a loved one. You can also request a hearing test or a hearing aid evaluation. Our Audiologists will be happy to work with you towards a custom hearing solution.