Maybe you are at the point in your life where you notice your hearing is not as sharp as it used to be. You may find yourself asking friends and loved ones to repeat what they just said (often more than once), or you might miss alerts like cooking timers, reminders dinging on your cell phone, the telephone ringing or a smoke detector going off.
If the above-mentioned sounds like something you are wrestling with, you should get your hearing checked right away. Putting it off will only add to the frustrations associated with missing dialogue in you favorite television shows or heartfelt conversations with your close friends and family. And if cost is one of your concerns, don’t worry—you can come visit the team at Valley Hearing Center for a free hearing test in Monterey and Salinas!
As a general note, there’s not just one single type of hearing loss. In reality, there are several types of hearing loss that you may be suffering from—conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss and mixed hearing loss—and each type is associated with different causes:
- Conductive hearing loss: Conductive hearing loss is a condition that may be medically correctable and is often associated with things like fluid in the middle ear, perforated eardrums, ear infections and the presence of something in your ear canal that should not be there. Whether you are young or old, conductive hearing loss can affect you at any age. If you are experiencing these symptoms of hearing loss, you may notice faint sounds and even find that normal volume conversations are difficult to hear.
- Sensorineural hearing loss: Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common form of hearing loss. It is generally associated with aging, genetic disposition, head trauma, medications that are toxic to hearing and exposure to extremely loud noises. Maybe you worked in a factory for most of your adult years or enjoyed your music too loud in your youth. While the symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss are not medically reversible, hearing aides may be able to help to reduce the daily frustration of struggling to hear. Talking with a hearing professional can help you outline your options for better hearing.
- Mixed hearing loss: Mixed hearing loss is, as its name suggests, a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss where damage may have occurred to both the inner and outer ear—this type of hearing loss can occur when you have the symptoms of both conditions. If you think you have a mixed hearing issue, check around to find a facility that offers free hearing tests in Monterey and Salinas before permanent internal ear damage takes hold.
Regardless of your symptoms, putting off hearing tests can greatly affect the quality of your life. You deserve to hear your best and Valley Hearing Center can help! Not only will we provide you with a free hearing test in Monterey and Salinas, but upon evaluation, we will also give you a $20 Target gift card as sign of appreciation for coming in. Come see us today to get the help you need!
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