Hearing Loss Treatment in Columbia
Hearing loss has many causes, symptoms, and effects when untreated over time. In fact, well over 30 million Americans, of all ages, report having some degree of hearing loss. Many of these people could reconnect themselves to the sounds they love if they chose to use hearing aids. Our goal is to help anyone who feels they may be experiencing the negative impact of hearing loss in their daily life take the first step.
What Is Hearing Loss?
Hearing is one of the human body’s most remarkable senses. It connects us to people, helps keep us engaged, and brings the world around us to life. Losing this vital sense doesn’t typically happen overnight and isn’t always as obvious as other physical changes and challenges.
Causes, progression, impact, and statistics of hearing loss in the U.S.
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Hearing Loss Impact on Health
Treating Hearing Loss
Understanding Hearing Loss
Helping a Loved One with Hearing Loss
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the world. Nearly one in five Americans age 12 and older experience hearing loss severe enough to interfere with daily communication.1
There are several causes of hearing loss. The main ones include aging, repeated exposure to loud noises, infections, injuries to the head or ear, birth defects or genetics, and ototoxic reaction to drugs or cancer treatment (i.e. antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation). Each type of hearing loss has different causes.
Types of Hearing Loss:
Sensorineural — The most common type, sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the inner ear nerves and hair cells are damaged. Sensorineural hearing loss is usually permanent and impacts the pathways from your inner ear to your brain. Most times, sensorineural hearing loss can be treated and helped with the use of hearing aids.
Conductive — Conductive hearing loss is typically the result of obstructions in the outer or middle ear — perhaps due to fluid, tumors, earwax or even ear formation. This obstruction prevents sound from getting to the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss is often medically or surgically treatable. A common example is chronic middle ear infection.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
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Free Better Hearing Guide
Download your complimentary hearing guide to review information regarding:
- Understanding hearing loss
- Where to start – taking action toward better hearing
- What to expect at your first appointment
- Finding a hearing solution for your lifestyle