If you are beginning to struggle with hearing loss, or have been dealing with hearing loss for a while now, you know that it can be a frightening and alienating experience. It’s very important to understand that you are not alone, nor do you have to struggle with hearing loss alone. At Montezuma Hearing, we take hearing health very seriously but we also focus on making you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is little reason for you to feel worried or apprehensive in taking that first step and calling us to make an appointment.
Hearing loss is a very common problem and can be caused by noise, disease, heredity and aging. Hearing is a complex sense that involves both the ear’s ability to detect sounds and the brain’s ability to interpret sounds -including the sounds of speech.
There are four main types of hearing loss:
Conductive Hearing Loss occurs when the transmission of sound through the outer and/or middle ear is interrupted. Common causes include; wax buildup in the ear canal, a perforated eardrum, fluid in the middle ear or damaged ossicles. This type of hearing loss accounts for about 5% of hearing-related problems.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss occurs in the inner ear affecting the transmission of sound through the cochlea and/or the auditory nerve. Common causes include; exposure to loud noise, trauma, the normal aging process, disease. This is the most common type of hearing loss in about 90% of hearing-related issues.
Mixed hearing loss occurs in the outer and/or middle ear and inner ear. It is a combination of a conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. A mixed hearing loss can occur when a person has wax blockage in the ear canal and damage to the cochlea.
Most conductive losses can be treated medically, but there are times when hearing instruments are needed. Sensorineural losses are usually treated with hearing instruments and mixed losses are treated with a combination of medical treatment and hearing instruments.