You might be a parent, a teacher, or a teenager. You could be an avid hiker, a sportsman, or a couch potato. You could prefer a quiet evening at home, or live for the nightlife. You could be any one of these people, and you could also be suffering from hearing loss.
Nearly 50 million Americans are living with some degree of hearing loss, and the only thing that separates them are they steps they took to overcome it. Acknowledging your condition as a fact rather than something you need to suffer gives you the power to take the first step—to have the courage to say that you won’t let hearing loss get in your way.
Our Testing Lab Can Get to the Root of Your Hearing Problem
Tru-Tone Hearing Aid Centers are more than just hearing device retailers. Each of our locations has an onsite testing lab staffed by hearing care providers, specializing in pinpointing the cause and degree of hearing loss. We can explain what is causing your condition, discuss whether the effects can be reversed, and help you choose a hearing aid device that can restore the hearing abilities you have lost.
Your condition may be classified by the degree (mild, moderate, or severe) and by the type of hearing loss, including:
- Sensorineural. The most common type of hearing loss is sensorineural, meaning it affects the inner ear or auditory nerve. Age, noise exposure, inner ear infections, inner ear damage, and conditions that affect the cochlea are the usual causes. A patient with this type of hearing loss may say that she can hear when people are talking, but she has trouble understanding what is being said. Over 90 percent of hearing aid users have sensorineural hearing loss.
- Conductive. Conductive hearing loss is caused by interrupted sound waves in the ear canal. Sounds often seem muffled or quieter because the eardrum and bones in the middle ear cannot conduct the sound effectively. Infections, obstructions, a blockage of earwax in the ear canal, or fluid buildup in the middle ear can all result in conductive hearing loss. Depending on the cause, the condition may be treated with medication or a hearing aid.
- Mixed. Some patients have a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. The damage may have occurred in the outer ear and middle ear, or the patient may have suffered a perforation (hole) in the eardrum. Minor or moderate loss can be successfully treated with hearing aids, while a severe degree of mixed hearing loss may require surgery.
Hearing Damage Is More Than Meets the Ear!
While a mild degree of hearing loss may be merely irritating now, it can lead to serious complications if not treated properly. Patients may begin to suffer dizziness or other balance problems, become increasingly anxious or depressed, or even stop doing the activities they enjoy—all because they are afraid they will not be able to understand the people around them.
No matter what kind of hearing loss you have, our hearing care specialists can investigate the condition and advise you on the treatment plan that works for you. Tru-Tone Hearing Aid Centers are located across Philadelphia and accept many different insurance plans and payment methods, allowing us to easily match patients with the corrective devices they need. Call the number above to find one of our hearing healthcare centers near you, or have one of our professionals come to your home at no cost to you!