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Hearing Loss

dr-cavanaugh-in-hearing-aid-clinicHearing loss can affect anyone, and at any point during a person’s life. It affects different people to varying degrees and for different reasons, and can be triggered by any number of environmental and biological factors.

Because the loss typically develops gradually, you may not notice the loss of subtle everyday sounds such as a ticking clock or a rustling newspaper. Before you realize it, you are missing sounds critical to effective communication.

Living with untreated loss means difficulties in conversations with loved ones, at social gatherings, and work settings. Untreated, hearing loss makes it challenging to keep up with everyday life. Treatment can lead to a better quality of life by improving personal relationships, reducing anger and frustration, and providing better control of one’s life.

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is generally categorized by location—that is, what part of the ear is damaged—as well as by severity and age of onset. There are three main types of loss: conductive, sensorineural, and a combination of both, known as mixed hearing loss.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss results from sound waves being conducted through the outer and/or middle ear inefficiently. Sound waves are blocked or muffled before they can reach the inner ear, which is still functioning properly. Conductive hearing loss can frequently be treated with medication or surgery. Conductive hearing loss in adults is much less common and much more common in children.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or the nerve pathways that transmit sound information to the brain. The normal aging process and exposure to loud noise can lead to sensorineural loss. Generally, sensorineural loss cannot be reversed and is not treatable with surgery or medication – but IT CAN BE SIGNFICANTLY IMPROVED THROUGH THE USE OF HEARING AIDS.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is generally considered a form of or a sub-category of sensorineural loss. This is one of the most common types of loss, and, fortunately, it is also the most preventable. Onset is gradual, painless, and frequently undetectable until significant hearing loss has occurred.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is the combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, which can involve damage in the outer, middle, and inner ear simultaneously.

Helping people just like you, regain control of their hearing health.

Dr. Cavanaugh at Hearing Solutions of Louisiana would love you talk to you – or someone you love – about today’s hearing aid options.

Hearing Solutions of Louisiana – Sulphur

2100 Maplewood Drive
Sulphur, LA 70663
Tel: 337-528-7842
Fax: 337-439-2014

Hearing Solutions of Louisiana – Leesville

1017 Fertitta Boulevard
Leesville, LA 71446
Tel: 337-392-0026
Fax: 337-439-2014

Hearing Solutions of Louisiana – Lutcher

2454 Louisiana Avenue
Lutcher, LA 70071

Tel: 225-210-5158
Fax: 337-439-2014