Whether you work, play or live in the Birmingham metro communities, there is too much to do without a burden of hearing loss preventing you from enjoying life to the fullest. The audiologists of Brookwood Baptist Health Specialty Care Network are here so that you don’t miss baby’s first words, “I Do’s,” the roar of the crowd or nature living in the moment.

Are you losing your hearing?

It’s hard to notice a gradual decline in your hearing. You may not realize it by listening to someone speak. But there are noticeable signs of hearing loss. These include:

  • Sitting closer to the TV or listening to music at higher than normal volumes
  • Straining to hear someone speak in a large crowd
  • Staring more intently at a person’s mouth to determine what they are saying
  • Complaining that everyone mumbles

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in the outer and middle part of the ear, which includes the ear canal and eardrum. This form of hearing loss is usually not permanent can typically be treated with medication or surgery.
Common causes of conductive hearing loss:

  • Excess ear wax
  • Abnormal bone growth in ear canal
  • Middle ear tumors
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Ear infections

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Your inner ear contains several small hairs that play a role in your hearing ability. When these hairs become damaged, your ability to hear becomes permanently impaired. More than 90% of hearing loss is Sensorineural hearing loss. This form of hearing loss cannot be “cured” through medication or surgery, but it can be counteracted with hearing assistance devices like a hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss:

  • Prolonged exposure to loud noises
  • Natural wear and tear from aging
  • Certain kinds of medication that are toxic to the inner ear
  • Birth defects
  • Ear infections
  • Side effects of diabetes (diabetes mellitus)

Most Forms of Hearing Loss Are Treatable

Losing your hearing is a natural part of the aging process for many people. Because it is such a prevalent problem worldwide, there has been significant research and development in hearing loss solutions. The most common treatment is a hearing aid prescription. With this simple, minimally invasive device, people with hearing loss can experience significant improvement. Adjusting to a hearing aid can take time, but its functionality improves the more you get used to it.

Take the first step toward better hearing today. Call our audiologists today!

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