Types of hearing loss

  • Causes of hearing loss

    There are many causes of hearing loss. Some hearing loss is hereditary (due to genetic causes) or congenital, i.e. the person was born with the condition (for e.g. hearing loss that forms part of a syndrome). The majority of hearing loss is acquired. Possible causes include aging, noise exposure, infections (e.g. meningitis, mumps), accidents (trauma) and disease (e.g. Meniere’s disease, otosclerosis).

    Sudden hearing loss comes on abruptly or over the course of a few days. In some cases it is essential to treat the condition as soon as possible. If you think that you have suffered a sudden hearing loss, see an Audiologist immediately.

    Damage to different parts of the ear result in different types of hearing loss

    Conductive hearing loss is the result of an abnormality, disease or damage to the outer or middle ear.

    Sensorineural hearing loss is the result of an abnormality, disease or damage to the inner ear.

    Mixed hearing loss Conductive hearing loss is the result of an abnormality, disease or damage to both the conductive hearing system (the outer or middle ear) and the inner ear.

Tinnitus

  • What is that ringing sound in my ears?

    The medical term for ringing in the ears is “tinnitus”. Although it is possible to have normal hearing and have tinnitus, the more likely scenario is that someone with tinnitus also has some degree of hearing loss. Many people with tinnitus don’t think that they have hearing loss, but once their hearing is tested, it often shows some degree of nerve damage.

    What can be done about tinnitus?

    Traditionally doctors have told tinnitus sufferers that the condition is incurable and that they must just learn to live with it. Today there are methods and products available that can potentially help sufferers to manage the condition and that can lessen the effect of the tinnitus.

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Hearing tests

Hearing tests are not painful and are performed in a comfortable environment.

Hearing protection

Hearing loss due to noise exposure is highly preventable. All products are custom made from a high quality silicone or acrylic material.

Assistive listening devices

Assistive listening devices can be used in combination with hearing instruments or independently

Central auditory processing testing.

Comprehensive testing and management.