Over 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. But each case is unique, differing by type and degree. These are key factors in making recommendations for treatment.
At Athens Hearing and Balance Clinic, we provide diagnostic testing and personalized solutions based on the results of your tests to residents in Athens, Monroe, Lavonia and the surrounding areas in northeast Georgia.
There are three main types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural and mixed.
Conductive hearing loss - occurs when sounds are unable to travel through the ear canal to the bones in the middle ear to the cochlea.
- Causes include: Ear trauma from infections, a perforated ear drum, allergies, swimmer’s ear, or a malformation of part of the ear.
- Treatment options will depend on the severity of hearing loss and often include medication, surgery, hearing aids, or possibly the use of an implantable bone conduction system.
Sensorineural hearing loss - the most common type of hearing loss, and develops when the nerves within the inner ear or those on the pathway from the cochlea to the brain, are missing or injured. This type of hearing loss can’t be medically or surgically treated. This can result in the inability to hear faint sounds to profound hearing loss to complete deafness.
- Causes include: Head trauma, certain illnesses, ototoxic medications, exposure to loud sounds (noise-induced hearing loss), as well as presbycusis (or age-related hearing loss).
- Hearing aids are the treatment option most often recommended. Cochlear implants are an alternative for severe cases.
Mixed hearing loss - a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing losses, resulting from damage to the cochlea as well as damage to the outer or middle ear.
- Treatment options vary and will depend on the severity of hearing loss and could include hearing aids, medications, surgery or an implantable bone conduction system.
For comprehensive hearing solutions in the Athens, Lavonia and Monroe communities in northeast Georgia, you can count on the professionals at Athens Hearing and Balance Clinics.