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Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is very common

Approximately 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss.  It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three main types of hearing loss which include Sensorineural, conductive and mixed hearing loss. 

This is the most common type of hearing loss which occurs when there is damage to the cells of the inner ear.  It is most common in adults and can often be permanent. 

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is an obstruction or damage preventing the sound waves from reaching the inner ear.  This can result from a blockage, tumor, or ear damage. 

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.  It typically occurs when there is damage to the ear over long periods of time. 

Want to know more about the types of hearing loss

Want to know more about the types of hearing loss

Degrees of hearing loss

What are the degrees of hearing loss and what should I be able to hear

Hearing in a range of -10 to 15 dB, you should be able to distinguish specific sounds in a noisy environment.

Hearing from 26 to 40 dB. You may notice decreased ability to hear high frequency sounds and trouble recognizing conversations in noisy environments. 

Hearing between 41 to 55 dB you make notice the inability to distinguish conversation without the use of a hearing aid.  Conversations in noisy environments will be very difficult to understand.

Hearing from 71 to 90 dB you will notice the inability to hear conversation even in quiet environments.  You may notice the inability to hear common noises such as birds chirping. 

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Hearing loss causes

Some hearing loss causes include:

  • Normal aging
  • Trauma from loud noises
  • Buildup of cerumen (ear wax) 
  • Tumors
  • Ototoxic medications
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Signs of hearing loss

Do any of these symptoms apply to you?

  • Inability to hear on the phone
  • constantly asking people to repeat themselves
  • Having your friends and family tell you the TV is too loud
  • Inability to hear children

Tips

Learn some quick tricks about hearing loss and how to communicate with the ones you love:

Prevention

Learn the different ways of how to prevent hearing loss here

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