Types of hearing loss
There are three main types of hearing loss: conductive, neurosensory and mixed. Each type affects a different part of the ear. It is important to visit a qualified health professional to diagnose the type of hearing loss you are suffering from as soon as you realize it.
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound waves are blocked in the outer ear or middle ear and cannot reach the inner ear, where the hearing is still normal. Causes of conductive hearing loss include middle ear infection (otitis media), calcium builds up and encircles the middle ear bone (otosclerosis), buildup of ear wax or fluid due to colds. If conductive hearing loss is not treated, can lead to permanent damage.
Neurosensory hearing loss
Neurosensory hearing loss is responsible for 90% of adult hearing problems. Neurosensory hearing loss occurs when the hair cells of the cochlear (inner ear) are damaged and the sound cannot reach the brain where it is processed. Causes include aging, repeated exposure to excessive noise without proper hearing protection, diseases such as mumps, meningitis, multiple sclerosis or Meniere’s disease, medications (eg cisplatin, quinine or some antibiotics) or rubella,which obtained during pregnancy. Neurosensory hearing loss is permanent. Hearing aids can help in most cases.
Mixed hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive hearing loss and neurosensory hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss can be cured through medical or surgical intervention, while neurosensory hearing loss is permanent, but it can be corrected by hearing aids.
Hearing loss in one ear
Hearing loss from one ear is known as Unilateral Deafness (SSD). It can be caused by : illness, head trauma, tumors (acoustic neurinoma) or hereditary disorders. This type of hearing loss significantly reduces the sounds that people can. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments available.
How to choose your Hearing Aid?
Hearing aids vary in appearance as well as performance.
Hearing Aids of most features can adapt the audio needs to more demanding environments and provide a higher level of user satisfaction. Factors affecting the choice of hearing aid are:
- Type and degree of hearing loss
- Acoustic needs
- Aesthetic needs
- Natural construction of the ear
- Available capital
To choose the most suitable hearing aid for you, you should discuss with your hearing aid professional to identify your hearing needs and desired hearing levels.
Questions you should ask to your hearing specialist about hearing aids?
- Which hearing aids are right for me?
- Will hearing aids be able to cover any deterioration in my hearing?
- What can I expect from my suggested hearing aids?
- How long will it take me to get used to my headset?
- Do I need one or two hearing aids?