What causes hearing loss?

  •  Wax build up
  •  Noise exposure
  •  Ear infection
  • Perforation of the eardrum
  •  Chemotherapy and some antibiotic treatments
  • Hereditary
  • Viral infection
  • Trauma (Head, Ear or Barotrauma)
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease
  • Meniere’s disease
  •  Presbycusis (aging)
  •  Acoustic Neuroma (benign tumor )
  • Congenital or acquire malformations of the ear
  • Otosclerosis
  • In-utero infections (Rubella, Toxoplasmosis, Herpes simplex, Cytomegalovirus, Measles, Syphilis)
  • Vascular disease (Sickle Cell, Diabetes, Leukemia)

Types of hearing loss.

  • Conductive Hearing Loss- when the loss is due to problems with the ear canal, ear drum or Ossicles (middle ear bones)
  •  Sensorineural Hearing Loss- when the loss is due to a problem within the inner ear organ (cochlea) or nerve related loss.
  • Mixed Hearing Loss- a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

How do I know if I have hearing loss?

Hearing loss is a gradual process, and therefore you may not realize you have it. Ask a family member or friend if they have been repeating themselves for you, or if you are missing or misconstruing what they are saying.

What options do I have?

Schedule an appointment, and we can evaluate your hearing loss and possible causes. Some hearing losses can be treated with medical intervention by our physician, and other types of loss are improved with hearing instruments.