At Alber Hearing Services, we understand how important it is for you to have the hearing health information you need at the tips of your fingers. That’s why, in addition to our services and examinations, we provide a collection of pertinent hearing health resources to familiarize you with these topics and terms before your appointment.
Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids
Whether you’re a first-time hearing aid wearer or are looking to upgrade your devices, this Guide to Hearing Aids will help you better understand your options so you can discuss specific styles with one of our audiologists!
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you need more information about hearing loss, hearing aids or accessories, our frequently asked questions section provides answers you’ve been looking for.
How Hearing Works
To understand how hearing loss occurs, it is vital to understand how the ear works. Three parts comprise the ear: the outer, middle and inner ear. The three components work harmoniously together to enable a person to pick up and interpret sound. Here’s how:
- The outer ear gathers sound waves
- Sound waves are sent down the ear canal to the eardrum
- The sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate
- The vibrations cause the tiny bones in the middle ear into motion
- The motion of the bones causes the fluid in the inner ear to move
- The tiny hair cells in the inner ear begin to bend, causing an electrical pulse
- The electrical pulses are transmitted to the auditory nerve
- The auditory nerve sends the message to the brain, where the pulse is interpreted as sound.
Degrees of Hearing Loss
Audiologists recognize three basic types of hearing loss: including: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss and mixed hearing loss.
- Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is unable to enter the outer and middle ear. When individuals have conductive hearing loss, soft sounds are hard or impossible to discern and loud noises often sound muffled.
- Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the inner ear sustains damage or when the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain are permanently destroyed. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss.
- Mixed hearing loss, as the name implies, is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
Impacts of Untreated Hearing Loss
Most people wait, on average, seven years between their initial hearing loss diagnosis and getting treatment with hearing aids. Between that time, an individual will, unknowingly, suffer many consequences of untreated hearing loss, including, but limited to:
- Cognitive decline
- Income disparity
- Social isolation
- Increased chances of falling
- Lower quality of life
- Increased anxiety
- Heightened safety concerns
At Alber Hearing Services, our audiologists provide compassionate, individualized care to each of our clients. Book your first appointment today.
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Musicians’ Hearing Loss and Prevention
Over time, excessive exposure to loud noise can cause permanent damage to a person’s hearing. This noise-induced hearing loss is a high risk for musicians. To help prevent hearing loss and reduce their exposure to noise-induced hearing loss, a musician can benefit from custom earplugs or earmold and a monitor. These devices are worn in the ear and enable their cues to be fed directly into an earpiece while the rest of the sound is blocked out, protecting their ears while still allowing them to rock out.
Save time before your first visit by filling out patient forms in the comfort of your own home. Download patient paperwork here.
Tinnitus is often thought of as its own condition, but in actuality, tinnitus is a symptom of many other conditions. Conditions that cause tinnitus – classified as a whistling, whining, or other high-pitched noise experienced by an individual – include, but are not limited to:
- Exposure to loud noise
- Untreated hearing loss
- Age-related hearing loss
- Ear anatomy changes
- Ear infections
- Head and neck injuries
In addition to our comprehensive health care services, we also have several resources available to patients to help them understand everything from hearing health to hearing aid options. Our resources include the following: