If you live or work in the Western Pennsylvania, Monroeville areas, and you’re suffering from hearing loss, you’ve come to the right place. Hearing Unlimited offers a wide variety of hearing aids to address multiple forms of hearing loss.
Did you know that not all types of hearing loss are the same? Before we can treat your hearing loss, we have to perform tests to discover which type it is. Here’s a rundown of the types of hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive Hearing Loss occurs when there is a problem conducting sound through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and middle ear. People who suffer from conductive hearing loss hear things at a much lower volume than others. The conductive hearing loss is often caused by a blockage of fluid or earwax in the middle ear. Ear infections and allergies are also causes. It can be corrected with medication or surgery. Treatment options vary but include surgery, medications, hearing aids, or an implantable direct bone conduction system.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
The most common type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Sufferers find it difficult to hear faint sounds and speech, which can sound unclear or muffled to them. The sensorineural hearing loss is often caused by illness, aging, or medication, and usually cannot be medically or surgically corrected. This type of hearing loss is most often treated with hearing aids. More severe cases are treated with cochlear implants.
Mixed Hearing Loss
The Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. It occurs when there is damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear or auditory nerve. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of your hearing loss. Options include surgery, medications, hearing aids, or an implantable direct bone conduction system.
At Hearing Unlimited, we’ll perform a series of tests to determine which type of hearing loss you have and which treatment options are available to you. Call our offices or book an appointment online to effortlessly schedule time with our expert audiologists to discuss your hearing issues.