Many people around the world are affected by hearing loss. It’s a complicated and oftentimes, diverse condition. It can happen for many reasons and manifest itself in different ways, like how much or what kind of sounds a person can hear.
TYPES OF HEARING LOSS
There are three types of hearing loss
Conductive Hearing Loss: This happens when sound waves can’t go through the outer or middle ear.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This type of hearing loss happens when the inner ear or nerve pathways that send sound to the brain are damaged.
Mixed Hearing Loss: This is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. The degree of hearing loss shows how bad it is and is measured in decibels. It can be slight, which makes it hard to hear quiet sounds, or profound, which means not being able to hear at all. The shape of hearing loss is called the configuration and is shown on an audiogram.
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
Many resources are available to help with hearing loss. Audiologists and doctors work together to give the best care. It’s important to involve the person with hearing loss and their family in the process. Hearing loss can affect someone’s life a lot, but with the right help, they can still have a good life.
If you are currently struggling with hearing difficulties, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our highly skilled and experienced audiologists here in Galway & O’Neill Hearing Care.