Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Stockton Hearing & Speech Center! If you recall from last time, we talked about the various types of hearing loss someone can experience: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed hearing loss. Some of these issues can be prevented by the patient, but others are inevitable due to genes, old age, or other factors. If you believe that you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, you should see an expert at Stockton Hearing & Speech Center immediately.

Our expert audiologists are trained to perform accurate and comprehensive diagnostic procedures answer any questions you may have so that you feel confident that your treatment plan will provide you with exactly what you need to get back to living a happy and healthy life.

Presbycusis

This is a form of hearing loss that is age-related. This will most often occur in both ears at the same time but can affect just one in some cases. Health conditions associated with aging may increase the rate at which a patient experiences hearing loss like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. Presbycusis is a form of sensorineural hearing loss and can make it more difficult to hear people in loud environments.

Tinnitus

The most common sign of tinnitus is ringing in the ears. Most of the time, this is a perception that there is a ringing noise without any external ringing being present. Hearing experts believe that overstimulation of the nerves can actually lead to people believing that they’re hearing other noises such as music or singing. Often times, hearing specialists will treat this condition with hearing aids that contain built-in hearing therapy to offer some form of relief. However, for many, this may be a lifelong issue that they’ll have to face.

Noise-induced

Noise-induced hearing loss, another form of sensorineural hearing loss is when a patient has been exposed to loud and sustained noises either temporarily or throughout the duration of their life. This causes moderate to severe damage to the delicate hair cells that detect sound found in the inner ear. The hair cells that recognize high-frequency sounds are usually the first ones to become damaged. Specialists believe that there are an increased amount of young people being affected by noise-induced hearing loss due to loud concerts or work environments.

Prolonged sounds above 85 decibels are said to be unsafe for someone’s hearing. Heavy traffic is around 85 decibels and a typical firework is 140 to 165 decibels. So, it’s not hard to see why this form of hearing loss is becoming more and more prevalent and makes up the large majority of hearing loss cases. In regards to age-related hearing loss, it’s often times hard to tell whether part of it has been due to noise-induced hearing loss. Although a patient may have experienced a gradual hearing loss over their life, there could have been noise-induced hearing loss at some point that increased the rate at which their hearing deteriorated.

Hearing loss is a major issue, not just for older people, but in younger adults as well. If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, you shouldn’t wait to get the treatment you need. Hearing issues almost never fix themselves and seeking treatment sooner rather than later will ensure that your hearing doesn’t get worse. At Stockton Hearing & Speech Center, we’ll take care to perform an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis so you can be sure that the treatment you’re getting is custom fit for your condition and symptoms. Contact an expert audiologist today to set up an appointment or to learn more.