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Hearing loss is a common condition that affects many people across the world. It is most commonly related to ageing, but there are several types of hearing loss that may be influenced by different factors, and it is important to know which type you are experiencing.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that most types of hearing loss can be treated using hearing aids, and we have a great range for you to try when you book an appointment to find the best hearing solution for you. Talk to our ex-perienced audiologists for advice and information about hearing loss today.
Different Types of Hearing Loss:
The following are all different types of hearing loss:
• Noise induced hearing loss. Any sound over 85 decibels can cause temporary or permanent damage to hearing, and noise induced hearing loss is commonly related to loud music, either through earbuds or in a concert setting, or to a noisy working environment.
• Presbycusis. Age-related hearing loss is also known as Presbycusis, and is usually the result of gradual changes in the ear, such as the deterioration of hair cells.
• Drug induced hearing loss. Many medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, are known to be ‘ototoxic’, which means that they can cause hearing loss as a side effect in some people. This may be temporary or permanent.
• Meniere’s Disease. Meniere’s disease affects hearing and balance, and is often experienced as episodes of problems including tinnitus, dizziness, loss of balance and hearing loss.
• Head trauma. Injuries that include head trauma can lead to hearing loss, especially if the temporal lobe or eardrum is damaged. Any damage that is sustained in the middle ear can result in significant hearing loss, including if one of the three tiny bones here is broken.
• Tumours in the ears. Different types of tumour can cause disruption to hearing, as well as tinnitus and discomfort. These include the acoustic neuroma, a tumour that develops on the nerve between the ear and the brain, and the vestibular schwannoma, a tumour that surrounds the auditory nerve. Surgery is usually a good solution for these tumours, and will usually restore hearing to a degree.
• Otosclerosis. An abnormal bony growth on the bones of the middle ear is a hereditary condition known as otosclerosis that can limit the movement of the bones, interrupting the passage of sound vibrations and causing conductive hearing loss. It is usually possible to treat this condition with surgery, which will restore hearing.
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you think you may have hearing loss, you should see an experienced audiologist as soon as possible. Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, dementia and isolation, so taking a free hearing test is an important way to protect your health as well as your hearing.
Hidden Hearing is the leading private provider of hearing care solutions in Ireland, with a national network that includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Pop into your local branch today, or contact Hidden Hearing online.