How do we hear?
Our ears are delicate, detailed sensory organs. They are also mechanical systems based entirely on physical movement.
Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can result from a number of things including: illness, an accident, exposure to certain drugs or chemicals or being born with varying degrees of hearing loss. Still, the most common sources of hearing loss are as a result of the normal aging process or exposure to loud noise.
There are three types of hearing loss: Conductive, Sensorineural, and Mixed (a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss).
Conductive Hearing Loss
- Caused by problems with the outer and middle ear, which prevent sound from reaching the inner ear
- Some of the more common causes of conductive hearing loss are wax build-up, a perforated ear drum, fluid in the middle ear, or damage to the bones in the middle ear
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
- Most often associated with the aging process, sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the sensory cells or nerve fibres of the inner ear, hindering the transmission of sound
- Speech is difficult to understand, particularly in noisy places or at a distance
- Exposure to noise is a contributing factor
Know where you stand
A hearing test by a registered hearing health professional will give you an accurate evaluation of any possible hearing loss, along with sound advice on the hearing solutions that best suit your lifestyle.
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