Many factors contribute to the development of hearing loss. However other causes of hearing loss include:
- Noise exposure
- Certain Antibiotics
- Ear and viral infections
- Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
- Wax buildup
Three types of hearing loss exist. Conductive. Sensorineural. Mixed.
Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems in the middle or outer ear. Occasionally it’s both. In this case the auditory nerve functions normally, but the sound is prevented from fully reaching the inner ear.
Sensorineural hearing loss is located in the inner ear. As a result of damage to the auditory nerve and/or auditory hair-cells there is a resulting loss of sound sensitivity.
Mixed hearing loss results from a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss factors.
Hearing loss affects over 48 million people in the United States. This is close to 20% of the nation!
That noise you are hearing is called tinnitus. The ringing is a result from damage to your auditory system. Tinnitus can be constant or occasional. If you are experiencing ringing in your ears you should schedule a hearing evaluation with us.
Hearing loss can be gradual in nature, making it difficult to ascertain the severity of your situation. If you think you are having problems hearing, we recommend scheduling a hearing evaluation.
Some private health care plans cover the costs of audiologic tests, hearing aid evaluation, and even partial or full coverage of a hearing aid. Be sure to check with your health insurance company or your employer’s benefits manager to find out.
At this time, Medicare does not cover hearing aids.
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Providence Hearing Aid Center offers custom solutions that are tailored to fit your needs and your budget. Contact us to find out how.
At a basic level, hearing aids fill the gap created by a hearing loss by receiving and amplifying sound. While there are many types of hearing aid technology, you can learn more about them in detail on this page: How Hearing Aids Work