Hearing loss is common as you get older, but the problem also affects 13% children and teens who develop noise-induced hearing loss. The experts at Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, with offices in Chelmsford, Woburn, and Concord, Massachusetts, and Nashua and Derry, New Hampshire, offer comprehensive care for hearing problems, from ear exams and hearing evaluations to hearing aids. If you have a hard time following conversations or turn the TV volume up high, call the nearest office or book online today.
There are two primary types of hearing loss and each has different causes:
That type of hearing loss occurs when a problem in your outer or middle ear stops sound from reaching the inner ear. The top causes of conductive hearing loss include:
Your hearing usually returns after your Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates provider treats the underlying cause.
Sensorineural hearing loss develops when sensory cells or the auditory nerve become damaged. Sensory cells in your inner ear turn sound waves into electrical signals. Then the signals go through the auditory nerve to your brain.
You may develop sensorineural hearing loss due to:
This type of hearing loss is permanent and requires a hearing aid.
You may have conductive and sensorineural hearing loss at the same time.
Hearing loss often develops gradually, so it helps to know the early signs:
If you notice any of these changes, it's time to schedule a hearing evaluation.
Your Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates provider examines your ear canal and eardrum. Then they do a hearing evaluation (audiological exam) to diagnose the type and extent of your hearing loss.
Your hearing evaluation includes one or more of the following:
Your provider begins with basic tests like pure tone testing, then decides if you need additional testing based on your results.
People with conductive hearing loss receive the appropriate treatment for their ear problem. For sensorineural hearing loss, you may need:
You can stop progressive noise-induced hearing loss by wearing customized earmolds that filter out damaging sounds.
Hearing aids pick up and magnify sound. They can also filter out specific sounds like background noise. Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates offers a large selection of hearing aids (from over the ear to tiny devices hidden inside the ear canal) and a wide range of technology options.
If you have signs of hearing loss, don't wait to schedule an exam. Call Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates or book online today.