Hear the Facts on Hearing Loss
- There are 48 million people in the U.S. with hearing loss.
- Hearing loss impacts 1 in 5 teenagers and 60% of returning soldiers.
- 65% of people with hearing loss are below age 65, according to the Better Hearing Institute.
- About one in three adults ages 65 to 74 have hearing loss, and almost half of people older than 75 have trouble hearing, accounting to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
- Hearing Loss, even in mild forms, is associated with a higher risk of falls.
- People with even mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia. The likelihood increase with more severe forms of hearing loss.
- Exposure to loud noises—like machinery, music, and working conditions—is a leading cause of hearing loss.
About Hearing Loss
At Lakeside Audiology & Hearing Solutions, we understand hearing loss and the effects it can have on your day to day life. There are three main types of hearing loss: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss.
Types of Hearing Loss
Conductive Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss describes any problem in the outer or middle ear that prevents sound from being conducted properly to the inner ear. This can often be treated with medication, surgery, support and hearing aids.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss results from missing or damaged sensory cells, which are hair cells, in the inner ear, vestibulocochlear canal or sensory organ (cochlea). Sensorineural Hearing Loss cannot be corrected with surgery.
Another form, called Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss, is a rapid loss of hearing usually in one ear, all at once or over several days. Most causes include virus, autoimmune disease and perilymph fistulas. Treatment of this form of hearing loss can include oral steroids, vitamins, antivertigo medication and steroid injections.
Mixed Hearing Loss
This is a combination of conductive hearing loss in the outer or middle ear and sensorineural hearing loss in the inner ear or auditory nerve. Mixed Hearing Loss may be treated with a combination of therapies for Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Conductive Hearing loss.
Hearing Loss and Your Health
Hearing loss is also exhausting. When you have hearing loss, fewer sounds reach your brain. It takes work to fill in the words and phrases that are missed to interpret and fill in parts of the conversation. If you don’t catch it, the conversation moves on, leaving you behind.
Why suffer in silence, when you can get help? With some forms of hearing loss, hearing aids can dramatically improve the quality of your life especially when it comes to social, emotional, psychological and your physical well-being.
The Hearing Test
A hearing test if the first step in determining the type and severity of your hearing loss. An audiogram is used to test hearing loss. The Audiogram is used to test hearing acuity for variations in sound intensity, pitch and tonal purity, involving thresholds and differing frequencies for air conduction and bone conduction.
Hearing tests are painless and non-invasive. They are performed by our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Paige Helfer, in our office. Test results are presented on a graph called an audiogram that displays the softest sounds you can hear at different pitches or frequencies.
Because of our relationship with Lakeside ENT, our patients can receive a comprehensive medical workup of hearing loss in the same visit and location. We will then discuss what the test results mean for your hearing and treatment options.