SUDDEN HEARING LOSS
Defining Hearing Problems for Patients in Houston
Hearing loss can affect anyone, at any point during a person’s life. It affects different people to varying degrees and for different reasons. It can be triggered by a number of factors including exposure to loud sounds, certain medications, and illnesses including diabetes and heart disease as well as the normal aging process.
The Beginning of Hearing Loss
Untreated Hearing Loss
Types of Hearing Loss
- Conductive Hearing Loss: Conductive hearing loss is a result of sound waves being blocked from entering the outer and /or middle ear space. When sound waves are blocked, possibly by ear wax or other types of obstructions, sound energy is prohibited from reaching the inner ear which is still functioning properly. Conductive hearing loss can frequently be treated with medication or surgery. A conductive hearing loss in adults is much less common than with children.
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or the nerve pathways that transmit sound information to the brain. The normal aging process and exposure to loud noise can lead to sensorineural loss. Generally, sensorineural loss cannot be reversed and is not treatable with surgery or medication – but it can be improved greatly and effectively with hearing aids.
- Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is generally considered a form of or a sub-category of sensorineural loss. This is one of the most common types of loss, and fortunately, it is also the most preventable. Onset is gradual, painless, and frequently undetectable until the significant hearing loss has occurred.
- Mixed Hearing Loss: Mixed hearing loss is the combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, which can involve damage in the outer, middle, and inner ear simultaneously.
If you or a loved one are suspecting or experiencing hearing difficulties including hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact our Houston office today to speak with a hearing specialist. Together we can discuss the difficulties you are experiencing, address your concerns, and determine what solutions are available to best suit your needs.