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Commonly Asked Questions
There are three basic types of hearing loss – sensorineural, conductive, and mixed hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage either to the inner ear or to the nerve that leads from the ear to the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss may be caused by injury, aging, infections, noise exposure, medications or drugs, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, or stroke. Sensorineural hearing loss responds well to hearing aids as a treatment option.
Conductive hearing loss happens when there is a problem conducting sound anywhere along the route from the outer ear to the inner ear. This includes wax build up, perforation of the eardrum, infection, dislocation of the bones in the middle ear, tumors, or something in the ear that should not be. Conductive hearing loss often requires medical intervention to be resolved.
Mixed hearing loss is when somebody has both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. First, the conductive hearing loss is treated medically, and then the patient returns to us for hearing aids to treat the sensorineural hearing loss.
It’s important to have realistic expectations for your hearing aids. No hearing devices will be able to make you hear exactly like you did before your hearing loss. However, modern hearing aids are far more sophisticated than ever before, and they do much more than just amplify sound. They can also help you preserve your brain’s ability to process speech sounds into language, a process that can be lost if hearing loss is left untreated.
Today’s hearing aids are much smaller than your grandparents’ models (not to mention more powerful by far). Many hearing aids will likely go unnoticed even if you’re standing right next to someone. What people will notice instead is how much easier it is for you to stay involved in the conversation, which will make you seem (and feel) younger.
You might think you’re the only one who is affected by your hearing loss, but the truth is that it’s probably affecting the people around you, too. Chances are that the people who love you are just as frustrated as you are. Frustration on both sides can lead to distance growing between you and others. People with hearing loss run the risk of becoming isolated. If your friends or family members are suggesting that you try hearing aids, they are probably trying to help you and also themselves maintain that close connection.
Bluetooth hearing aids are incredibly safe. All of the hearing aids we have at Mid Island Audiology are strictly regulated medical devices that meet governmental wireless communication standards. Bluetooth hearing aids are safe and easy to use and will allow you to stay connected to your favorite smart devices.
If you have hearing loss, it is important to wear two hearing aids, not just one. Wearing two hearing aids will help increase the sound all around and help you hear better. They will also help to decrease background noise and will deliver sound to your brain. Most hearing loss is binaural (effecting both ears), so it is necessary to provide the proper amplification to both of your ears so one doesn’t worsen.