Hearing Loss


Helen Keller once said that losing your sight meant losing contact with things, but that losing your hearing meant losing contact with other people.

48 million Americans have clinically significant hearing loss, and 80% of them have never been diagnosed or treated. A big percentage of this group are age 55+.

Hearing loss ranks with arthritis and hypertension as the most common chronic medical problems in the world. The problem gets more common and progressively worse with age.

Make an appointment with a Hearing Health Center near you for your Presbycusis, bineural loss or just a hearing loss in one ear, noise induced hearing loss treatment & more. We will work with you for your best plan towards a more personalized hearing health treatment plan.


The National Council on Aging, Johns Hopkins University and many others link hearing loss to:



Hearing Loss


Helen Keller once said that losing your sight meant losing contact with things, but that losing your hearing meant losing contact with other people.

48 million Americans have clinically significant hearing loss, and 80% of them have never been diagnosed or treated. A big percentage of this group are age 55+.

Hearing loss ranks with arthritis and hypertension as the most common chronic medical problems in the world. The problem gets more common and progressively worse with age.


The National Council on Aging, Johns Hopkins University and many others link hearing loss to:


  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Cognitive decline and acceleration of brain atrophy
  • Increases in anger, fear, phobias and detachment
  • Difficulty understanding speech and communicating
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Strained personal and professional relationships
  • Threats to personal safety
  • Greater risk of falling

People often resist or deny hearing loss for 10 years or more until long after the problem has worsened and cognitive decline has occurred. It is important to find the problem and track it. You will decide when it’s time to do something about it. We’re ready when you are.

Hearing loss is much more common than many people understand. In fact, hearing loss ranks with arthritis and hypertension as the most common chronic medical conditions in the world. It is also the most commonly reported workplace injury in the United States and one of the most common injuries sustained by veterans.

It is estimated that about 48 million Americans have clinically significant hearing loss, and a whopping 80% of them have never been diagnosed or treated. While most Americans who have hearing loss are over the age of 55, hearing loss can affect people of any age or demographic.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three main types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. Conductive hearing loss involves an impairment of the physical workings of the ear. This can include the eardrum, ear canal, or middle ear and its little bones. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type and involves nerve-related damage. Mixed hearing loss is simply some combination of the first two types of hearing loss.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss, the type that includes physical issues in the ear, can come from many different causes. Some are born with the impairment, while others suffer conductive hearing loss after a traumatic head injury or a disease or infection.

The most common type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, is caused by two main factors: excess exposure to loud noises and natural aging. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be caused by injury, infection, Meniere’s Disease, genetic factors, or exposure to ototoxic medicines. Hearing loss caused by noise is called Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), and hearing loss due to aging is called presbycusis.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Exposure to loud noises over a long period of time or even a one-time exposure to an extremely loud noise can cause serious and irreversible damage to your hearing. Loud noises cause damage to the delicate hair cells in your inner ear, which are responsible for turning sound vibrations into electrical signals to be sent to your brain for processing. Once these cells are damaged, they can never be repaired. If you work in a noisy environment or enjoy loud leisure activities such as hunting, concert-going, or motorcycling, it is important to understand the risks associated with NIHL and how to properly protect your hearing.

Presbycusis

Presbycusis is the most common cause of hearing loss, and is simply due to the natural aging of the delicate hair cells located in the inner ear and the overall auditory system. Presbycusis is difficult for individuals to identify at first, as it occurs gradually over a long period of time. Initially, presbycusis causes difficulty in hearing very high pitched noises, and gradually effects noises at most pitches. Presbycusis can also go unidentified because many people who suffer from this type of hearing loss feel they can hear people speaking, but simply cannot understand them.

Hearing Loss Means More than Simply Lost Hearing

When we think about hearing loss, most of us simply imagine hearing becoming a bit more difficult. This common misconception that hearing loss only effects our ability to hear may be the reason people wait an average of 7-10 years from the time they first notice changes in their hearing to the time they seek treatment. While hearing loss does, of course, mean that hearing is more strained, the story does not end there. Unfortunately, hearing loss effects much more than just our ears. Did you know that hearing loss has been known to be associated with:

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cognitive decline and acceleration of brain atrophy
  • Increased feelings of anger, phobia and detachment
  • Social isolation and withdrawal
  • Issues with personal and workplace relationships
  • Decreased personal safety and
  • Increased risk of falling

In the words of Hellen Keller,

“losing your sight meant losing contact with things, but losing your hearing meant losing contact with other people.”At Hearing Health, we couldn’t agree with Ms Keller any more. If you think you may be experiencing some of the signs of hearing loss, reach out to our friendly team as soon as possible. When you feel ready to take control of your health and get your hearing assessed, we will be ready. We look forward to walking with you on your journey to better hearing and an improved quality of life.