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  1. 1. We often associate hearing aids with the elderly, but hearing loss can occur at any age. Some forms of hearing loss can be treated with a hearing aid, while others require other types of medical intervention.http://hearingloss-hearingaids.com/hearing-aids/
  2. 2. Hearing loss (also known as deafness) refers to an individuals inabilityto hear with http://hearingloss-hearingaids.com/hearing-aids/ one or bothof his ears Sometimes the hearing loss can be slightly reversed with thehelp of a hearing aid, which amplifies sound as it travels through the earcanal A doctor will need to run some tests and determine the source ofdeafness before it can adequately be treated
  3. 3. Conductive Hearing Loss When sound has trouble traveling to the innerear, its called conductive hearing loss This type can easily be correctedmedically or with surgery If not, a hearing aid will be very effective sincethe sound from the outer ear needs to be amplified in order to reach theinner ear
  4. 4. Conductive hearing loss is most often caused by problems with the earcanal, the eardrum, the middle-ear cavity, the openings that lead to theinner ear, or the Eustachian tubes Sensorineural Hearing Loss Thecochlea of the inner ear has close to 30,000 nerve endings, which arerequired for hearing a wide variety of sounds Hearing loss due todamaging these nerve endings is irreversible in most cases
  5. 5. Doctors refer to this type as "nerve deafness or "retrocochlear" hearingloss Central Hearing Loss Interestingly enough central hearing loss doesnot actually stand for typical hearing loss, rather an auditory processingproblem Individuals with this issue have no problem with their hearing; infact, their ears are working over time! They have a hard time filtering outbackground noise or concentrating on reading or their own conversationwhen others are talking around them, the radio is playing, or a moviesplaying on the TV
  6. 6. Currently there is no treatment for central hearing loss, and a hearing aidwill only amplify the problem! The best way to deal with this auditoryprocessing problem is to ensure the individual has a quiet place to study,read or carry on a conversation Functional Hearing Loss When hearing"loss" is due to a psychological or emotional issue, its referred to asfunctional hearing loss An individual suffering from this hearing "loss"can actually hear perfectly, but they often fail to respond to the one whois talking to them - thus it appears that they cannot hear
  7. 7. In reality, no damage has been done to the hearing pathway; theindividuals emotions and thoughts have trapped him, so he is oftenunable to respond in even the most simple of conversations Functionalhearing loss can be incredibly hard to diagnose When misdiagnosed theresulting treatment can actually aggravate the problem and cause theindividual to become even more resistant to the right kind of treatment
  8. 8. Mixed Hearing Loss Many times, an individual will be diagnosed withmore than one form of hearing loss Typically the term "Mixed HearingLoss" is used only when both conductive and sensorineural problemscombine to cause significant loss
  9. 9. Since the conductive hearing loss is easiest to tree, this will be treatedfirst, most likely with a hearing aid, and then the sensorineural loss willalso be treated, if possible If you suspect any type of hearing loss, besure to talk to your doctor
  10. 10. Many types of conductive hearing loss may be treatable, either throughmedicine or with the help of a hearing aid
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