Not all hearing loss is the same. It is critical that a board certified audiologist evaluate your loss and plan for treatment.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This hearing loss involves a situation where sound waves do not effectively travel through the ear into the inner ear (cochlea). This can happen for a number of reasons including wax buildup, perforated eardrum, fluid/infection of the middle ear or problems with the bones of hearing in the middle ear. Often these patients are best treated with methods other than conventional hearing aids and usually require the assistance of an otologist (medical/surgical ear specialist) or an otolaryngologist.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
When sounds waves are transmitted normally to the inner ear (cochlea) but the inner ear is only able to process and transmit only a portion of the signal to the brain. There may be a problem with the cochlea itself or the cochlear nerve. Numerous causes can account for the type of loss. These include aging of the inner, genetics, noise exposure, viral damage, toxic medications and tumors pressing on the cochlear nerve. The vast majority of these are treated with Hearing aids. More severe cases can be treated with cochlear implant surgery.
Mixed hearing loss includes component of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Treatment is quite variable here and is dictated by a number of factors the can be discussed with the audiologist and otologist.
What should you bring to your appointment?
We want to answer all your questions at your visit.
Please prepare for this by bringing:
- Health Insurance Card/Information
- A friend or family member to take notes/help with questions
- A list of all medications you are taking
- A list of your questions /concerns
- A copy of your XRAYS / CT scans (not just the reports -please get the actual films)
- Copies of records from doctors related to your ENT problems.
- Completed Forms
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