Hearing Loss

According to the Better Hearing Institute, maintaining healthy hearing has been shown to:

•   Improve communication in relationships
•   Communicate with less effort.
•   Increase earning potential

•   Improve sense of control over your life
•   Increase social participation
•   Improve emotional stability


Hearing loss tends to occur gradually and typically without pain. Therefor, you might not even realize that your hearing has decreased. However, there are early warning signs:

Ringing & Buzzing

Also known as tinnitus. It is the ringing, buzzing, humming or roaring in the ear. It can be constant or intermittent.


A muffling of speech or sound results in difficulty in hearing things clearly.

Difficulty Understanding

Misunderstanding words or conversations.

Asking for Repetition

Frequently asking others to repeat themselves or to talk more slowly with more volume.

Increasing the Volume

Feeling the need to turn up the volume of the television or radio to hear better.

Social Avoidance

Avoiding specific social situations because of your difficulty to hear and engage in conversation.


The primary causes of hearing loss are:


If your relatives suffer from hearing loss, it can increase your chances as well. Genetically inherited hearing loss is the most common cause of permanent hearing loss and is easily treatable with amplification.

Exposure to loud noise

Over time, exposure to loud noises over 80 decibels can have a significant impact on our hearing. Approximately 15% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to loud noise. This type of hearing loss is preventable.


Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss and almost half of those over the age of 75. Because this type of loss occurs gradually, you may not realize that your hearing is not what it should be without having it evaluated.

Medicinal side effect

There are over 200 different kinds of medicines known to negatively affect the hearing system, including both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Medications can cause both temporary and permanent hearing loss. It is important to discuss the risks with your physician before taking any medication.


There are several diseases and illnesses that can cause hearing loss. Conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes can interrupt blood flow to the inner ear. In addition, autoimmune diseases and ear infections can also contribute to hearing loss.

Head trauma

Physical head trauma can cause hearing loss through a hole in the eardrum or damage to the middle ear structures. Traumatic brain injury can also make the processing of sound more challenging where sounds are perceived incorrectly.


There are four major types of hearing loss. The type of loss you have will determine the treatment.


Hearing loss due to problems with the ear canal or middle ear space. This can include anything from wax buildup to fluid in the middle ear.


This is caused when tiny hairs in the cochlear are missing or damaged. This is most often due to genetics, age or noise exposure and is the most common type of hearing loss.


This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.


Strokes and central nerve diseases are often the cause of this type of hearing loss.


There are several ways to prevent and treat hearing loss. Depending on your unique situation, the following treatments may be recommended.

Custom Ear Protection

Custom-made earmolds will help you to protect your hearing from noise exposure. Only custom-made hearing protection can provide a great fit, superior comfort and reliable effectiveness.

Hearing Aids

These devices allow you to engage in conversation with less effort and more clarity, particularly in more difficult listening environments.

Aural Rehabilitation

This treatment focuses on helping you adjust to your hearing loss, making the best use of your hearing aids, exploring assistive devices, managing conversations and taking charge of your communication.

Tinnitus Management

Treatment for tinnitus includes overall wellness, sound and behavioral therapies, as well as hearing devices for providing sound where the brain is missing cues from the ear.