Types of Hearing Loss

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What are the different types of Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a multifaceted journey, and within its spectrum lie various types, each requiring unique attention and intervention. In this comprehensive exploration, we unravel the intricacies of hearing loss, delving into its types, causes, and potential treatments. Join us on this enlightening path as we decode the symphony of sound and empower individuals to take proactive steps towards managing their hearing health.

Types of Hearing Loss: A Diverse Landscape

Conductive Hearing Loss: At the crossroads of the outer and middle ear, conductive hearing loss creates barriers for sound waves to reach the inner ear. This may result from ear infections, fluid accumulation, ruptured eardrums, or earwax buildup. Treatment avenues span from medications to hearing aids or, in severe cases, surgical interventions.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss: The delicate inner workings of the auditory nerve and inner ear can be compromised in sensorineural hearing loss. Factors such as natural aging, exposure to loud noises, or specific medical conditions contribute to this type. Treatment modalities encompass cochlear implants or the use of hearing aids.

Mixed Hearing Loss: A harmonious blend of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, mixed hearing loss demands a nuanced approach. Comprehensive management may involve medical interventions, hearing aids, or, in certain instances, surgical procedures.

Central Hearing Impairment: A less prevalent yet impactful type, central hearing impairment originates in the brain’s struggle to process sound. Brain trauma or neurological disorders often underlie this condition. Therapeutic avenues include auditory training, speech therapy, or cognitive-behavioural therapy.

Navigating the Auditory Landscape: Symptoms and Diagnosis

Recognising the symptoms of hearing loss is the first step towards regaining control of your auditory world. Issues such as difficulty understanding high-pitched sounds, ear infections, or prolonged exposure to loud noise can be indicative. Scheduling a comprehensive hearing test becomes paramount, connecting you with the professional guidance needed for an accurate diagnosis.

Tailored Care at Hills Audiology: Redefining Hearing Health

Hills Audiology stands as a beacon of commitment to personalised care. In the realm of conductive hearing loss, where issues in the outer or middle ear disrupt the auditory journey, we offer a spectrum of solutions. Whether it’s addressing ear infections, fluid accumulation, or earwax removal, our dedicated team tailors’ interventions ranging from medication to advanced hearing aids.

Hills Audiology provides expertise in managing the delicate intricacies of the inner ear and auditory nerve for those navigating the labyrinth of sensorineural hearing loss. Our comprehensive approach includes consultations for cochlear implants or the integration of cutting-edge hearing aid technology to optimise auditory experiences.

Mixed hearing loss finds nuanced attention at Hills Audiology, where a collaborative blend of medical management, hearing aids, or surgical considerations is meticulously crafted. Our commitment is unwavering – harmonising diverse elements to create a personalised symphony of sound tailored to your unique hearing profile.

In the realm of central hearing impairment, Hills Audiology offers specialised services addressing the intricate connections between the brain and auditory processing. Auditory training, speech therapy, and cognitive-behavioural therapy form the backbone of our therapeutic interventions.

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Breaking the Silence: Overcoming Stigma and Seeking Support

At Hills Audiology, we champion open conversations about hearing loss to eradicate its stigma. By fostering an environment of honesty and understanding, we empower individuals to acknowledge their symptoms, seek professional help, and embark on a journey towards improved hearing health. The road to hearing wellness begins with breaking the silence surrounding hearing loss.

Empowering Lives: A Holistic Approach to Hearing Health

In our pursuit of excellence, Hills Audiology aims not just to address the symptoms but to transform lives. By openly discussing hearing loss, reducing its stigma, and providing the necessary support, we become partners in our clients’ journey towards enhanced hearing and an improved quality of life.

What we offer

Our services

Thorough evaluation of hearing to determine hearing ability using Tympanometry, Pure Tone Audiometry, and Speech Audiometry.

Pre-employment hearing testing is available. Outside office hours, appointments can be arranged.

Specialised hearing tests for all preschool and school aged children including Tympanometry, Pure Tone Audiometry and Speech Audiometry.

After school appointments available

Government-funded Hearing Services available for pensioners and eligible veterans.

Hills Audiology is fully accredited to provide hearing care under the Hearing Services Program, inclusive of fitting hearing aids.

Workcover assessments are designed for measuring hearing loss/injury suffered through the nature of work, and/or, the work environment, and accessing compensation through Workcover NSW. It also includes fitting hearing aids.

On site ear measurements for custom ear plugs. These are suitable for hearing protection from noise, water tight ear moulds for
swimmers, measurements for musicians in ear monitors and custom ear moulds for hearing aid wearers.

Assessment and management of tinnitus (ringing, or any sound heard in the ear). Tinnitus can impact your sleep, well being and ability to focus. Many people struggle with tinnitus.

We can help manage your tinnitus.