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Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)
The most common type of hearing loss. More than 90 percent of all hearing aid wearers have sensorineural hearing loss. The most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are age related changes in hearing and noise exposure. People with sensorineural hearing loss typically report they can hear people speak, but can’t understand what they’re saying. People with sensorineural hearing loss often complain “everyone mumbles”. Also, they usually hear better in quiet environments and have difficulty understanding conversation over the telephone.
Conductive hearing loss
Occurs when sound waves are not conducted efficiently through the outer ear, tympanic membrane (eardrum), or middle ear (ossicles bones), resulting in a reduction of loudness. Conductive hearing loss may result from earwax blocking the ear canal, fluid in the middle ear, middle ear infection, obstruction in the ear canal, perforations (hole) in the eardrum or problems with the middle ear bones. Patients with a conductive hearing loss should be referred to a physician for medical treatment prior to hearing amplification.
Mixed hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss is a sensorineural hearing loss combined with a conductive hearing loss. For example, a patient may have a noise induced hearing loss and a middle ear infection.
Hearing Aids get your hearing back
Determining the degree of hearing loss can be difficult, particularly with young children who do not test as well as older people who can provide more accurate results. A hearing loss can be mild, moderate, severe or profound. Sounds below the lines on the audiogram can be heard.
- Normal – Anything below 15dB. All the X and O are above the 15dB line. This means hearing is ‘normal’.
- Slight – At 16dB to 25dB, a little difficulty understanding speech.
- Mild – At 26dB to 40dB, a little difficulty hearing speech. Even a mild hearing loss can be serious for children still learning to talk.
- Moderate – At 41dB to 55dB, more difficulty hearing speech. Sounds below the lines on the audiogram can be heard. Low/loud sounds like oo, ah, ay and ee may be heard.
- Moderately Severe – At 56dB to 70dB, a lot of difficulty hearing speech.
- Severe – At 71dB to 90dB, serious difficulty hearing speech without hearing aids. Conversational speech cannot be heard. Shouting and loud noise (like traffic) can be heard.
- Profound – Anything over 91dB. With this level of hearing loss, hearing aids may or may not help; cochlear implants are often an option. Speech cannot be heard. Very loud noises like pneumatic drills and planes taking off can be heard (or felt). People with very profound hearing losses can feel loud low sounds.
Hearing Aid Styles
Fits behind the ear and has a tiny wire that connects between the device and a small speaker that sits directly in the ear canal and provides an open fit, preventing the “plugged up” feeling.
Fits behind the ear and provides the most circuit options with more power. They are connected with plastic tubing to the custom earmold that is inserted into the ear canal.
Custom-made to fit into the concha bowl of the ear.
Small enough to fit almost entirely in the ear canal, occupying the lower portion of the ear and requires good dexterity to control the buttons.
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The smallest and most discreet custom-made hearing instrument. Designed to fit entirely in the ear canal making it virtually invisible and requires a removal string to be removed from the ear.
Hearing Aid Manufacturers