Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be congenital or acquired over time and can affect both children and adults. One in ten Canadians lives with some form of hearing loss. Hearing loss affects nearly half of people over the age of 65. The average age of a hearing aid user is now 68 years, having felt symptoms and waiting on average 7 years before pursuing amplification.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss:

  • Difficulty learning to speak and to develop age appropriate language skills
  • School or behavioural concerns
  • Difficulty hearing in a crowd or in a noisy background
  • Feeling like other people are mumbling
  • Being told by family and friends that you aren’t hearing them
  • Needing the TV volume louder than others
  • Difficulty hearing on the telephone
  • Asking for frequent repetition
  • Avoiding social situations, withdrawing from activities that you once enjoyed
  • Feeling like you can hear but not understand what others are saying
  • Ringing or buzzing in your ears or head (tinnitus)

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, please contact us.

Types of Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss:

This type of hearing loss occurs when there is a disruption in the outer or middle ear to conduct sound to the inner ear. It is commonly caused by a blockage in the external ear canal such as earwax, a middle ear infection, a perforated eardrum or abnormalities with the middle ear bones. This type of hearing loss is often corrected with medical treatment.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss:

This type of hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear. It is commonly caused by damage to the sensory cells or nerve fibers and is commonly seen in congential hearing loss, age related hearing loss, noise induced hearing loss or from illnesses or medications that affect hearing abilities. Sensorineural hearing losses are more permanent and often treated with hearing aids and assistive listening devices. A mixed hearing loss exists when there is a combination of conductive and sensorineural types of hearing loss.

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