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A hearing impairment does not mean

With the amount of research and technology at our disposal today, living with a hearing impairment should not prevent you from living your best life.

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Many people delay treating a hearing problem for years. A gradual process, makes it hard to realize how much your hearing has changed from the normal state. Causes of hearing problems are diverse and can impact your relationships. However, if you take action, assess and rehabilitate your hearing, you may find that it can be managed well. Getting the right help and support if you experience hearing difficulties is of great importance.

Treating a hearing impairment as soon as possible means that replaced sound is easier to get used to. Auditory skills for speech understanding can be retained and relearned more effectively if the brain has access to consistent sound. Progress towards a more normal daily life can happen at a faster rate.

At NB Hearing, we begin with the foundation of a thorough diagnosis for each patient who comes to us with a hearing difficulty.

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Main types (classifications) of

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Conductive Hearing Loss

When there is an issue with the outer or middle ear that prohibits sound from reaching the inner ear. Some conductive disorders can be amenable to medical treatment which can restore natural hearing.

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Sensorineural Hearing Loss

This occurs when the inner ear (Cochlea) or auditory nerve fibres in the auditory pathway are damaged and fail to send a clear message to the brain. It is usually permanent but if it is addressed early with the right type of rehabilitation and amplification, research suggests that patient outcomes are better. Your functions in everyday life, with your existing hearing loss, can be more successfully helped, and auditory skills can be more effectively maintained with earlier treatment.

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Mixed Hearing Loss

This is when results indicate that both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss are present simultaneously.

A hearing impairment can be caused by several factors.

Some of the common reasons for hearing problems include:

  • Wax build up (which should be ruled out!)
  • Ageing
  • Severe middle-ear infections
  • A genetic predisposition
  • Constant exposure to loud noise
  • Severe head injuries or operation trauma
  • Use of certain medications, or exposure to certain chemicals
  • Inner ear infection

The sooner you seek help, the better. Contact us at NB Hearing to make an appointment for a reliable hearing test and accurate diagnosis.