If you're experiencing hearing loss in Painesville, contact Eastside ENT Specialists Inc. right away. The amount of hearing loss you sustain may depend on how soon you get the treatment you need. This statement is not intended to alarm you into spending your money with us falsely. Rather, it's honest and sound advice that should be heeded closely. Often, our patients wait until the damage from their hearing loss is irreversible to come into our ENT clinic.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
At Eastside ENT Specialists Inc., our audiologists spend all day every day testing and treating people with hearing loss. Nearly 50 million people in the United States alone suffer from hearing loss. Of these 50 million cases, there are only three general classifications of hearing loss but many conditions that can cause each type. Some of the causes are common, and some of them aren't.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Despite the implications of the name "sensorineural," it isn't the auditorial nerve itself that has the problem in most cases when a sensorineural hearing loss occurs. It's the tiny hair cells that are inside your hearing organ known as the cochlea where the problem usually occurs. These hair cells flex and move whenever sound comes into the ear. Their movement sends a signal to the auditory nerve and to the brain, causing you to hear. If these hair cells don't work right, you'll have a hearing loss.
Some of the most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are noise exposure and age. If these hair cells sustain a lot of damage from excessive noise exposure, either from impact sounds (such as a firecracker) or long duration sounds (like a motorcycle engine), you could sustain a sensorineural hearing loss. The good news is that this type of hearing loss is preventable. Just wear ear protection. However, if age is the culprit, there's little you can do to prevent this hearing loss. Nearly everyone will develop this type of hearing loss if they live long enough.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss is caused by something preventing the proper transmission of sound to the cochlea. In this case, there is nothing wrong with your cochlea or auditory nerve. The problem is that the sound can't make it from your outer ear into your inner ear. Sound has to travel through the ear canal, vibrate the eardrum, which causes the hearing bones to move, and they move the fluid inside of the cochlea to cause a neural impulse. If any link in that chain has a problem doing its job, you'll have a conductive hearing loss.
There are many causes of conductive hearing loss, including wax buildup, a hole in the eardrum, fluid behind the eardrum, disconnected ossicles or even fused ossicles. Fortunately, a simple hearing test can identify exactly where the problem is. Conductive hearing loss often requires surgery to correct the problem.
Mixed Hearing Loss
This kind of hearing loss occurs when there is a component of a sensorialneural hearing loss combined with a conductive hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is not common and requires multiple types of tests and treatment. If you are suffering from hearing loss in Painesville, get help right away! Call Eastside ENT Specialists Inc. today to schedule your appointment. Treat the problem before it's too late!Hearing Loss Painesville