Hearing Loss

There are 3 main types of hearing loss:

  1. Sensorineural (Nerve) Loss is when permanent damage has occurred within the Cochlea. This is by far the most common form of hearing loss and is permanent.

  2. Conductive (Mechanical) Loss is when there is a disruption to sound transmission in either both the outer or middle ear.

  3. Mixed loss is where there is both a Conductive and a Sensorineural component to the hearing loss.

Research suggests that approximately 1 in 7 people have some degree of hearing loss. This actually increases to approximately 1 in 5 people from ages 40-60 years, but then to approximately 1 in 3 after this. Most people lose their hearing gradually and it generally permanent.

Do You Have Hearing Loss?

  • Do people often have to repeat?
  • Is conversation more difficult in background noise?
  • Do you have to "strain" to hear soft voices?
  • Does the TV/radio need to often be turned up?
  • Is it difficult to understand on the phone?
  • Do you experience Tinnitus i.e ringing or buzzing in the ears, "head" noises?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may have some hearing loss.

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