Hearing health is a major medical concern around the world. Hearing loss, the main condition associated with aural health, affects one in four of adults over the age of 64 and about 50% over the age of 75. These figures mean that gradual loss of hearing due to deteriorating ear structures is at epidemic proportions.
At Hearing Solutions, the main goal is to get that ability back to as near normal as possible. We want our patients to hear everything they want to hear. Our services are comprehensive and professional. Audiologists with years of experience can quickly pinpoint the individual needs you have for better hearing.
There is a vast amount of literature and references available to you to understand hearing health. Some is comprehensive and correct but, unfortunately, some is not. We want to give you the best information we can with everything from hearing tests to financing to hearing protection.
Here are some of the resources available at Hearing Solutions:
A specialized payment and credit service for healthcare called CareCredit helps with the financial burden of hearing health. It offers plans up to 24 months and is renewable once approval is sent.
Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids
Before you make your hearing aid purchase, you may want to learn more about your options. In addition to talking with one of our professionals, you can find a guide to purchasing hearing aids.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may be curious to learn more about hearing loss or hearing devices. You can find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How Hearing Works
While we might assume that hearing is a simple ability – noise happens, and we hear it – hearing is actually a complex, precise process involving many small organs, bones and nerves. The process of hearing begins at the entrance to the ear, where the shape of the outer ear, or pinna, directs sound vibration to the eardrum. This membrane vibrates and sends the signal to the bones of the middle ear, colloquially known as the hammer, anvil and stirrup. The last of these is connected to the oval window, a membrane sending vibrations to the inner ear. The inner ear is responsible for turning vibration into electrochemical impulses that are sent to the auditory nerve. The organ that does this is the cochlea, which contains tiny hairs that move sound toward the via changes in vibratory pressure.
Finally, the electric signals are sent through the auditory nerve connected to the inner ear, to the brain for interpretation.
Degrees of Hearing Loss
The loss of hearing is measured in the decibel loudness one can or cannot hear. Here are the degrees of loss and the loudness parameters for each description:
- Mild: if the range of decibels first heard is 26 to 40, hearing loss is mild.
- Moderate: the range of decibels heard is 41 to 55.
- Moderately severe: the range of decibels heard is 56 to 70.
- Severe: the range of decibels heard is 71 to 90.
- Profound: the range of decibels heard is over 90.
Impacts of Untreated Hearing Loss
While you likely understand hearing loss can make it difficult to communicate, did you know it can also lead to a host of other potential issues? Emotional problems like depression and anxiety can develop because conversation with others can become exhausting, in addition to cognitive decline.
Latest Hearing Health News
You can find the latest information about hearing loss, devices and treatments with our hearing health news,
Musicians’ Hearing Loss and Prevention
Musician’s need to clearly hear the music, so the challenge is to protect hearing while enabling the music to enter the ears clearly. There are specially designed musician’s earphones for this purpose. These products allow musical frequencies to enter while stopping or reducing the decibel levels of very loud electronic vibration.
Many people, especially those with a degree of hearing loss, experience phantom noise in their ears called tinnitus. This is the sensation of noise when no external noise is present and is usually described as whooshing or buzzing sounds. It can be intermittent or constant. There are several treatments for tinnitus, including: hearing aids, sound machines and tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT).