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Hearing Loss

At Cathers Hearing, we have the knowledge to help you. We want to provide you with compassionate care to properly address your individual hearing needs.

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can come in various types and degrees. There are three main types of hearing loss that patients usually experience: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. Each of these types of hearing loss are located in different parts of the ear and originate from different causes. It is important to have your hearing tested by a hearing healthcare professional so you can be properly diagnosed and the right hearing aids can be fit for your specific type of hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss: Conductive hearing loss occurs in the middle ear, ear canal, or eardrum. This is often the result of earwax build-up, ear infections, or a hole in the eardrum. Conductive hearing loss should be addressed by a medical doctor so they can treat the affected area.

Sensorineural hearing loss: Sensorineural hearing loss occurs in the inner ear and is the result of damage to the sensory receptors of the hearing system or the auditory nerve. Sensorineural hearing loss can be genetic or due to excessive loud noise exposure over a period of time. The best treatment for this type of hearing loss is hearing aids.

Mixed hearing loss: Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. The best treatment is to have the conductive part examined by a medical doctor, and to have the sensorineural portion treated with hearing aids.

Signs of Hearing Loss

No matter what type of hearing loss you may have it is important to treat your hearing loss immediately to prevent cognitive decline. Hearing does not only effect your ears, but your brain as well. When you can’t hear your brain does not receive certain sound signals, which means your brain is not getting the proper exercise and stimulation it needs to stay healthy. If you or a loved one suspect you may have hearing loss, then visit us at Cathers Hearing today so we can help keep your hearing healthy.

If you or a loved one notice any of the following signs, then you may have hearing loss:

  • You have a hard time understanding people in background noise
  • It seems as if everyone around you mumbles
  • Your family complains that you have the TV volume too loud
  • You respond inappropriately because you can’t understand what is being said
  • It is easier to understand people when you face them directly
  • You can’t hear the hum of the refrigerator or birds singing outside

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