Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a disability.

It affects every aspect of your life, from performance at work to social occasions with friends and family. Unfortunately, it often goes unnoticed for many years before you seek treatment. The most important factor to understand with hearing loss is the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you stop the negative impacts that this disability has on your day to day life.

Impacts of Hearing Loss

  • irritability, negativism and anger
  • avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
  • reduced job performance and earning power
  • social rejection and loneliness
  • reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
  • fatigue, tension, stress and depression

Signs Of Hearing Loss

  • Do you often ask others to repeat what they say?
  • Do friends and family express concern about your hearing?
  • Does background noise often make conversations difficult?
  • Do others find the TV or radio is turned up too loud?
  • Do you have a history of noise exposure?
  • Do you have ringing or buzzing in your ears?

What to Do If You Have Signs of Hearing Loss:

Get tested! You want to know the type, degree and cause of the loss. Make an appointment with our audiologist today. Only a full audiological evaluation will allow you to understand your treatment options and its also required to be eligible for any insurance coverage.  Once you have determined your loss, we will help you decide on the best treatment options and assist you with all aspects from device selection and fitting to what insurance options may be available.

Types of Hearing Loss:

Conductive Hearing Loss:

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds are not efficiently able to pass through the outer and/or middle ear.  This results in less sound energy reaching your inner ear, the cochlea.  Conductive hearing losses can occur at any age but are more typical in children due to the size and shape of their growing ear systems and their increased prevalence of ear infections.  The good news is that conductive hearing losses can often be corrected medically or surgically.  As a last resort, those with conductive hearing losses are excellent candidates for hearing aids as their nerve is fully functional.  At Cobourg Hearing Centre, if you are diagnosed with a conductive hearing loss, your results will be sent to your family physician for review and possible referral to a specialist.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss:

(SNHL) is a result of damage to the frequency-specific hair cells in the inner ear, or to the nerve pathways which relay auditory information from the ear to the brain.  The aging process is the leading cause of SNHL as the nerve and sensory cells gradually die as we get older.  This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss and typically cannot be treated medically or surgically.  In most cases, the symptoms can be significantly minimized with hearing aids.

Signs/Symptoms may include:

  • Speech sounds muffled or unclear
  • Specific pitches are inaudible (most commonly high-pitches)
  • Perception of ringing/buzzing in ears
  • Own voice sounds soft, yet a tendency to raise your voice
  • Difficulty hearing when there are multiple speakers or while in background noise.

Aside from age, some possible causes are SNHL:

  • Head Injury
  • Excessive noise exposure
  • Viral infections, such as measles or mumps
  • Ototoxic drugs, which are medications that damage hearing
  • Meningitis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High fever
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Acoustic tumors
  • Speech sounds muffled or unclear
  • Specific pitches are inaudible (most commonly high-pitches)
  • Perception of ringing/buzzing in ears
  • Own voice sounds soft, yet a tendency to raise your voice
  • Difficulty hearing when there are multiple speakers or while in background noise.

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