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Speech and Hearing Services for Children and Adults:

Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids

Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, diseases as well as other causes. It can be present at birth or acquired after birth, it may also have hereditary factors. If you think you may have hearing loss please contact one of our Audiologists and get evaluated. Audiograms are used to document hearing loss and are measured in dBHL.
  • Normal Hearing (0-25 dBHL)
  • Mild Hearing Loss (26-40 dBHL)
  • Moderate Hearing Loss (41-70 dBHL)
  • Severe Hearing Loss (71-90 dBHL)
  • Profound Hearing Loss (greater than 91 dBHL)

HOW THE EAR WORKS:

The pinna of the outer ear takes the sound and funnels it into the ear canal which then vibrates the tympanic membrane or eardrum. The ossicles (middle ear bones) transfer the sound into the inner ear where it is picked up by the cochlear hair cells and those impulses are sent to the auditory nerve which travels to the auditory cortex of the brain where the sound is then identified and speech is understood.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when the sound is not conducted efficiently through the ear canal, eardrum or tiny middle ear bones (ossicles). This results in a reduction of the loudness of sound perceived by the listener. All conductive hearing losses should be evaluated by an audiologist and physician to rule out medical causes.

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. More than 90% of all hearing aid users have sensorineural hearing loss. The most common causes of sensorineural loss are age related changes and noise exposure

STYLES OF HEARING AIDS:

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY:

We work with many major hearing aid manufacturers who provide us with great service and in a timely fashion. Each of these companies offers each style of hearing aid at several different levels of technology and cost points. The “Level of technology” is typically based on your hearing loss and lifestyle. In addition, wireless technology is available in most levels of technology. These wireless accessories allow the user to hear the phone (cell or landline) in both ears, stream the TV & music into both ears at the same time making a clearer signal and decreasing background noise. Make an appointment with one of our audiologists today to discuss available wireless hearing technology.