The ear is made up of the outer, middle, and inner ear. The type of hearing loss you may have depends on what part (or parts) of your ear are damaged. Hearing tests by a hearing instrument specialist can tell you which type you have and what the best treatment is for your type of hearing loss. There are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder is a fourth type of hearing but is likely less common.
Hearing loss is detrimental to both physical and emotional wellbeing. Untreated hearing loss has been shown to cause anxiety, difficulty working, paranoia, depression and more. Knowing what questions to ask your hearing instrument specialist can seem overwhelming when you are already dealing with the frustration of a hearing loss diagnosis. Here are some of the most common questions asked during a visit to a hearing instrument specialist.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48 million people in the U.S. have trouble hearing with one or both ears. Some hearing loss can be degenerative as we age; however, noise exposure throughout your lifetime is one of the biggest causes of permanent hearing loss. This is called noise-induced hearing loss. Inside your ears are tiny fibers called cilia. These fibers help you hear. Once the cilia are damaged by noise, they cannot be repaired. There are a few simple ways to protect this vital sense and avoid hearing damage.