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Hearing Loss

A man's ear with a graphic of sound waves and a hearing aid

The latest statistics indicate 13% (30 million) of the American population ages 12 and older has hearing loss in one or both ears. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, this number continues to grow. While hearing loss can be caused by medical issues and exposure to loud noise, it’s usually the result of aging.

Can you imagine listening to your TV at a normal volume, not having to repeat yourself or speak loudly, and not feeling excluded because of your hearing loss?

After receiving the right treatment, you’ll be able to go back to all of the things you enjoy that you’ve been missing, and live your life to the fullest!

How We Hear

Let’s discuss the process of how hearing comes into play. The audible waves enter your outer ear, the part that is exposed to the exterior of your head, traveling through a tube in which there are hairs and glands secreting earwax. This leads to the middle ear composed of the eardrum and a set of three small bones, known as hammer, anvil and stirrup. When sound enters the eardrum, it vibrates and prompts motion of the bone shaped like a hammer. This further moves on to bump against the anvil, making it push on the stirrup that is sent straight into your inner ear. The middle ear amplifies this sound thus any damage occurring to any one of its elements can lead to extreme hearing loss. Diseases and certain drugs can further deteriorate these hair cells in your ears and aging can be another factor causing their deterioration. Unfortunately, these cells cannot be restored once gone but luckily hearing aids can come to our rescue for this loss.

a diagram of the anatomy of the ear