There are several different types of hearing loss. Learn more from Dr. Touchette, a leading audiologist serving residents of Butte County.
Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss definitions presented by a leading audiologist serving Paradise
At the Paradise Hearing & Balance Clinics, Inc., the most common form of hearing loss seen in our practice is the gradual loss that occurs as you age (presbycusis). According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 1/3 of Americans between the ages of 65 and 75, and close to 1/2 of those older than 75, have some degree of hearing loss.
Doctors believe that heredity and chronic loud noise exposure are the main factors that contribute to hearing loss over time. Other factors, such as an ear infection (otitis media), can prevent your ears from conducting sounds as well as they should.
Types of hearing loss
There are two main types of hearing loss: conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss refers to problems with the outer or middle ear, while sensorineural hearing loss is a problem with the inner ear or nerve pathways to the brain. In some cases, both may be present at once; this is known as mixed hearing loss.
Can hearing loss be treated?
Unfortunately, you can’t reverse hearing loss. However, you don’t have to live in a world of quieter or less distinct sounds. You and your Audiologist serving Chico can take steps to improve what you can hear. We are the leader in helping you improve communication with the important people in your life. This can include learning communication strategies, and may include the use of hearing aids to help you hear better. Many modern hearing aid styles are very discreet, and the technology continues to advance quickly.
Prevention of hearing loss is also important. This includes avoiding loud noises when possible, and if they can’t be avoided, using hearing protection devices. While hearing aids are better than ever, it’s still much better to keep your natural hearing!
How do you know what kind of hearing loss you have?
If you believe you have hearing loss, you should visit your audiologist in Chico or Paradise to get a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Dr. Deborah Touchette, a leading audiologist serving residents of Butte County, will examine and test you to determine what problem(s) you have with your hearing. She can then suggest a treatment plan that will improve your hearing as much as possible and help you learn to manage your life with hearing loss. Please contact our office to schedule your appointment.