Hearing Loss Symptoms Require Immediate Treatment

Hearing loss symptoms may arise as a result of a number of different causes and at any stage of life. When hearing problems occur, it is so important to seek attention as soon as possible, as some hearing loss symptoms may be the result of a medical condition or disease and need to be treated with either surgery or medication.

There are three main types of hearing problems: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem conducting sound waves efficiently anywhere along the passage through the outer ear, the eardrum or the middle ear. Essentially, there exists a blockage that prevents sound from reaching the inner ear. It may be caused by an ear infection, allergy, fluid in the ear from a cold or swimming, impacted ear wax, holes in the eardrum, a benign tumor, head trauma, or even the presence of a foreign body inside the ear. This type of hearing loss is not necessarily permanent and can usually be treated successfully – medically or surgically.

More common is sensorineural hearing loss, or nerve-related hearing loss, which comes from problems of the inner ear. In this case, hearing loss symptoms come from an inability to transmit sound to the brain because the tiny hair cells within the ear are either bent or broken. This prevalent type of hearing loss is due to aging, genetics, exposure to very loud noises, viruses, or head injury. Sensorineural hearing loss cannot be reversed medically. If it is permanent, however, this is where hearing aids can almost always guarantee quality improvement in hearing.

There is a chance that an individual may be subjected to both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. With this condition, referred to as mixed hearing loss, hearing loss can usually be reversed with a combination of surgery and hearing aids.
When hearing loss symptoms appear, the first step is to visit an audiologist to determine which type of hearing loss is affecting you. Most cases can be dramatically improved with the use of simple, modern hearing aids. For hearing aid information or to make an appointment with a professional audiologist, call Metro Hearing at (602) 639-4064.