Hearing Loss

ENT Man Holding Hand to Ear Photo

Hearing loss can affect patients of any age. Causes and treatments vary depending on the circumstances. Hearing loss impairs the ability of a person to communicate and interact with their surroundings and negatively impacts quality of life. Our physicians will diagnose the problem correctly, and recommend appropriate treatment.

Hearing loss may be gradual or sudden and affects us emotionally, physically, and socially. These common behaviors and responses may indicate hearing loss.

Some common complaints that our patients have with hearing loss include:

  • Asking people to repeat frequently
  • Turning up or sitting too close to the TV
  • Misunderstanding words or meanings
  • Talking too loud
  • Denial, social withdrawal, isolation, and loneliness
  • Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
  • Irritability, frustration, and anger
  • Diminished psychological and overall health

There are two common types of hearing loss:

  • Conductive hearing loss is a mechanical problem in the ear canal or middle ear that blocks the sound to the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss is often reversible.
  • Nerve Deafness is caused by damage to the inner ear, auditory nerve, or auditory nerve pathways to the brain. This type of loss is not reversible, but it can be treated.