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How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed?

Maybe you’re young like me and aren’t worried about hearing loss right now (not something to ignore, even at a young age). Maybe you’re a little older and the notion of hearing loss is creeping up on you. Maybe you’re seeing signs of hearing loss, no matter how old you are. It can happen to any of us at any time if we’re not careful, which is why it’s important to understand hearing loss. But how is hearing loss diagnosed? How can an audiologist know what kind of hearing loss it is? 

First, we’ll list out some causes of hearing loss as a preamble to the rest of the blog. From there, we’ll go into the different types of hearing loss and how audiologists, especially at our Hearing Center, can know exactly what the issue is and what kind of hearing devices are necessary. 

What are the causes of hearing loss? 

  • Age
  • Sound-induced (e.g. working in a loud environment for many years)
  • Certain medications and drugs (consult your doctor or an audiologist)
  • Diseases and illnesses like diabetes and meningitis 
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Smoking
  • Obesity 
  • Earwax buildup 
  • Tumors 

What are the 3 types of hearing loss? 

  • Sensorineural hearing loss – most common type of hearing loss that most people will often deal with at some point in their lifetime. Starkey Hearing Technologies says that, “It is the most common type of hearing loss caused by the withering of the hair cells in the inner ear due to age, noise damage or medications. Without healthy hair cells the ear cannot detect sounds properly.” (Starkey Hearing Technologies). 
  • Conductive hearing loss – generally deal with things in the ear causing obstruction. Could be a foreign object or even earwax. According to Starkey, this type of hearing loss can be treated without much issue. 
  • Mixed hearing loss – a hybrid of the other two types of hearing loss. Sensorineural remains permanent while conductive may be temporary. 

How is hearing loss diagnosed? 

Hearing loss and the types of hearing loss are diagnosed through a FREE hearing screening with an audiologist. For instance, at the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute’s Hearing Center, our audiologists will run the screening and can determine high frequency and low frequency hearing loss; as well as sensorineural or conductive. From there, the audiologist will go over treatment options including hearing devices. 

Hearing aids and hearing devices can seem like such an ugly word. But hear us out: hearing devices are no longer the large, clunky objects resting on people’s ears. They’ve become more of a health & wellness device. A healthable, if you will. 

With today’s technology and innovation, hearing devices have multiple benefits at once that aren’t just about hearing loss. Here’s a list of benefits: 

  • Artificial intelligence that detects falls, heart-rate, mental and social stimulation, as well as overall health. 
  • Real-time language translation. 
  • 100% invisible in-the-canal hearing devices with Phonak’s Lyric. 
  • With greater technology, cognitive and memory health improve greatly, preventing dementia and depression. 
  • Greater speech understanding. 
  • Hands free phone calls, streaming music, and the most impressive of all, TV sound streaming straight to the devices. 

Watch these videos below to learn more: 

To schedule a FREE hearing screening, call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page. 

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Citations

Starkey Hearing Technologies. (2007-2020). Common causes of hearing loss  [Health Website] Retrieved February 26, 2020 from https://www.starkey.com/improve-your-hearing/frequently-asked-questions/common-causes-of-hearing-loss

Starkey Hearing Technologies. (2007-2020). Are there different types of hearing loss?  [Health Website] Retrieved February 26, 2020 from https://www.starkey.com/improve-your-hearing/frequently-asked-questions/types-of-hearing-loss

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