How Do We Hear?
The human ear can be functionally divided into four main sections: the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and beyond the inner ear (retro-cochlear)
Types Of Hearing Loss
The three primary types of hearing loss are conductive, sensorineural and mixed.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the ear canal to the eardrum and the tiny bones (Ossicles) of the middle ear.
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain.
When a conductive hearing loss occurs in combination with a sensorineural hearing loss, the hearing loss is referred to as a mixed hearing loss. In other words, there may be damage in the outer and/or middle ear and in the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve.
Causes Of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss in adults has many causes, such as disease or infection, ototoxic drugs, exposure to noise, tumours, trauma, and the aging process.
Benefits of Treatment
Individuals who have hearing loss are treated by wearing hearing aids, the benefits of wearing hearing aids include:
- Better relationships with family members
- Better feelings about themselves
- Improved mental health
- Greater independence and security
- Significant improvements in the quality of their lives
Studies show hearing impaired people who do not wear hearing instruments are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, paranoia and emotional sickness, compared to people who wear hearing instruments.
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