Maybe you only have trouble hearing in crowds. You could be a hearing loss sufferer who cannot hear high-pitched noises, or perhaps you can hear only at extremely high volumes. No matter what sounds have been lost to you, all it takes is a simple hearing test to recognize the noises you have been living without.
Hearing Loss Is a Full-Body Problem
Over 30 million Americans are living each day with minor to moderate hearing loss. Many of them are not fully aware of the consequences of their conditions. As the brain becomes used to not hearing certain sounds, a condition called auditory deprivation occurs, making the part of your brain that processes sounds lazy and less alert. Treating hearing loss effectively “wakes up” the brain and restores this lost function, and also reduces the likelihood of dementia later in life.
At True Sound Hearing Aid Center, our hearing care providers treat hearing loss as the very personal condition that it is. It can have physical and emotional effects, and can be an embarrassing or shameful topic to many sufferers. We spend time with each of our clients to understanding their individual hearing needs, answering all of their questions to find their perfect solution.
Our first goal is to help patients understand the conditions they have been living with. While hearing loss can be mild, moderate, or severe, it will ultimately take one of these three forms:
- Sensorineural. Sensorineural hearing loss is by far the most common form, affecting over 90 percent of hearing aid users. Inner ear damage or injury to the auditory nerve (through ear infections or loud noises) are the most common causes, but age can also cause degeneration in the inner ear. People with sensorineural hearing loss can often hear noises, but have trouble distinguishing speech sounds or separating multiple voices.
- Conductive. Conductive hearing loss is simply an interruption between the sound waves entering the ear and the eardrum’s ability to receive and process them. People with conductive hearing loss often feel as though there is water or cotton in their ears preventing them from hearing sounds clearly. Testing can help determine the source of the blockage, such as fluid buildup, infection, benign tumors, or earwax blockages.
- Mixed. Hearing loss patients who have suffered a perforated eardrum or have damage to both the middle and outer ear could have a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. In most cases, mixed hearing loss can be successfully overcome using hearing aids.
The Sooner You Start Treating Hearing Loss, the Better Chance You Have of Recovery
The good news is that early treatment has been shown to make a significant improvement in the lives of hearing loss sufferers. Just by reading these words, you are taking control of your condition—and preventing your hearing loss from getting worse. Why not take the next step and come in for a one-on-one hearing evaluation?
For the convenience of our clients, True Sound Hearing Aid Center is equipped with comprehensive hearing testing diagnostics to find the optimal solution for each of our clients. Schedule your free hearing screening at our San Francisco office today.