Diagnosis & Counseling
Classifying Hearing Loss
After testing is completed, the audiologist will explain the results to help you understand the symptoms you're experiencing. To best illustrate the nature of your hearing loss, the audiologist will refer to your audiogram.
This is a graphical representation, completed during testing, that records the specific pitches (frequencies) and loudness (intensity) levels that you can hear with each ear. The audiologist will use this information to classify your level and type of hearing loss, and to recommend appropriate treatment options.
The terms used to indicate the degree of hearing loss are mild, moderate, severe and profound. These terms reflects the numbers on the graph not the actual impact of a certain hearing loss.
Depending on your diagnosis, the audiologist may recommend medical intervention and/or rehabilitation with hearing aids or other assistive devices.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss refers to a hearing loss due to damage in the inner ear (cochlear) or auditory nerve. This type of loss accounts for about 80% of people with hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is not medically or surgically treatable but use of hearing aids or other amplification devices are very effective.
Audiology staff provide complete services for the selection, fitting, dispensing and management of hearing aids, as well as other amplification devices.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss refers to a hearing loss due to damage or blockage in the outer or middle ear. Conductive hearing loss is often medically treatable. Our audiology staff work closely with physicians in the Ear, Nose and Throat department and will refer you for medical evaluation to learn about treatment options.
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