Thursday, June 13, 2024

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss is a silent epidemic

One in six Americans has hearing loss, so it’s certainly not rare. But only one in five of those who acknowledge their hearing loss seek help for it.

The rest site vanity and cost as the two major reasons for ignoring their hearing problem. Hearing loss affects others as much as the hearing impaired. It affects friends, family, co-workers, business associates,in fact everyone a person with a hearing problem comes into contact with.

You are NOT fooling anyone. The person with un-treated hearing loss is easy to spot. He misses the punchline, nods yes when he didn’t understand the conversation, often looks confused and tries to “act” through the trouble.

Untreated hearing loss is common, and it is more obvious than a hearing aid. Everyone notices

Parker Hearing Institute is dedicated to providing lasting solutions for our hearing-impaired patients.

How about you?

A common “myth” about hearing loss is that only “old people” suffer from it. In fact, the reverse is true. The majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are younger than 65 and six million people in the U.S. between 18 and 44 suffer from hearing loss (Better Hearing Institute).

Primary causes of hearing loss include:

  • Exposure to noise
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Medicine
  • Aging process

Types of Hearing Loss

  • Conductive Hearing Loss (CHL)  is due to problems in the outer or middle ear.  Common examples include wax, fluid in the ear, eardrum perforation, or damage to the middle ear bones.  Conductive hearing loss is often treatable through medication and/or surgery.  After treatment, hearing may improve.
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL): This is permanent hearing loss, caused when the tiny hair cells in the cochlea are damaged or missing.  In most cases, the only solution for this type of hearing loss is to be fit with hearing instruments.
  • Mixed Hearing Loss: This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss and is usually treated with hearing aids and will often be treated medically by an ENT physician, followed by audiologists and the use of hearing instruments.
  • Central Hearing Loss: Strokes and Central nerve diseases are the most common causes of type of hearing loss

Parker Hearing Institute is expert in diagnosing and explaining your hearing loss. We then guide you to the best solution for your hearing healthcare needs.

Want Help With Your Hearing?

Great! Just call us at 310-540-4327 to schedule your no-obligation consult appointment.