Hearing loss can affect patients at any age. Causes and treatments vary widely depending on the circumstances. Unaddressed hearing loss impairs the ability of a person to effectively communicate and interact with their surroundings and negatively impacts quality of life. Whether the patient is a toddler learning speech, a mid-career professional struggling to understand in meetings, or a senior trying to hear a church sermon, the first step is to diagnose the problem correctly, which our physicians will do at the Shea Ear Clinic, and recommend appropriate treatment. Many hearing problems are compounded by incorrectly diagnosed hearing loss.
Common complaints and effects on patients with hearing loss include:
Generally, there are three types of hearing loss:
Hearing loss may be gradual or sudden and affects us emotionally, physically, and socially. These common behaviors and responses may indicate hearing loss.
Age, disease and injury generally contribute to the inability to hear. Repeated exposure to loud noise over time can damage the delicate structures of the ear, and ultimately, the ability to hear. Family history, genetics and even medications can contribute to hearing loss.
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