Have you gotten used to feeling left out of conversations because you can’t hear clearly? Do you struggle to understand others on the phone or often ask people to repeat themselves? If so, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the US and it’s on the rise. When hearing goes, many men and women find that their quality of life suffers.
Thousands of people have some degree of hearing loss and many don’t even know it. People of all ages will experience gradual hearing loss due to aging or consistent exposure to noise. A number of other culprits can contribute to hearing loss, such as virus or bacterial infections, heart conditions, or the use of certain medications.
Hearing loss falls into one of two categories: conductive or sensorineural. If you have a combination of these, it’s called mixed hearing loss. A thorough evaluation of your hearing will be conducted by our Ogden Clinic audiologist to determine the nature of your hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss occurs because there is a problem inside the ear canal, ear drum, or the bones in the middle of the ear. Middle ear infections or a ruptured eardrum frequently cause this type of hearing loss.
Characteristics of conductive hearing loss:
Hearing loss occurs when tiny hairs in the cochlea are either damaged or missing. Most people with sensorineural hearing loss need to be fitted with a permanent hearing instrument.
Characteristics of sensorineural hearing loss:
If enough hair cells are damaged, patients must be treated with hearing aids, middle-ear implants, or cochlear implants.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Patients with mixed hearing loss have irreversible hearing loss caused by an inner ear or auditory nerve disorder and, in addition, have a dysfunction in the middle ear mechanism.
Ogden Clinic audiology offers every style of hearing aid: behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC) or completely-in-canal (CIC) including Lyric™ hearing aids. Consult your Ogden Clinic audiologist when it’s time to choose a hearing aid. They’re happy to help you sort through your options and find the device that’s best suited for you.
Ogden Clinic’s audiologists take into account each patient’s dexterity and comfort level, social needs, and even ear canal size when helping them choose the right hearing aid. They can also reach out to your insurance company to find an affordable option that meets all of your needs.