The Hearing Health Center of Houston

3275 West Alabama St.

Houston, TX 77098

713-942-8205

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HEARING LOSS

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Hearing Loss Facts

  • Hearing loss is the 3rd most common health problem in the United States.

  • Hearing loss affects over 30 million Americans of all ages.

  • More than half of all hearing-impaired people are under age 65.

  • 1 in 4 adults has a spouse or significant other with hearing loss

  • Prolonged untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression.

  • Hearing loss has been connected with dementia, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.

  • Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable

  • * Facts sited from the American Academy of Audiology

Types of Hearing Loss

After a diagnostic hearing evaluation, your audiologist will be able to tell you what type of hearing loss you have: 

  • Conductive - When the outer or middle ear does not transmit sound normally

    • ​Examples: Ear canal impacted with wax, misshapen middle-ear bones​, ear drum perforation

  • Sensorineural - When the inner ear organ (cochlea) and/or hearing nerve are impaired

    • ​Examples: Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis), noise-induced hearing loss

  • Mixed - Hearing loss due to a combination of factors including conductive and sensorinerual components

How Bad Can It Get?

  • Hearing loss configurations can include one or more levels of severity and can affect low and high pitches differently: 

    • Mild - Some difficulty with soft speech and distance speech. Some problems in background noise

    • Moderate - Aware that people are speaking but will have difficulty understanding clarity of speech without visual cues.

    • Severe Conversational speech will be difficult to detect and even more difficult to understand. Significant impairment in a noisy environment.

    • Profound - Even powerful hearing instruments may be of limited value, especially in background noise. May be a cochlear implant candidate based on aided test scores.