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Hearing Loss

Information on hearing loss and your health.

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the inability to hear in one or both ears. Every hearing loss is different and ranges in severity. There are also different types of hearing losses. Three most common types of hearing loss are sensorineural, conductive, and mixed.

Signs of Hearing Loss

For many people, hearing loss occurs gradually, over the course of a few years. For this reason, it can be difficult to recognize that you have hearing loss because you have become accustomed to not hearing certain sounds or frequencies. If you have experienced a combination of the following, then it’s time to have your hearing checked.  

Hearing and Brain Health

Those with hearing loss often wait an average of seven years before they seek treatment. Some people wait because they are afraid to address their hearing loss while others don’t want to seem old. However, leaving hearing loss untreated can lead to some serious consequences. Our hearing is connected to our brain health. When left untreated, hearing loss can have negative effects on brain functioning and can lead to more serious issues, including cognitive decline. This is because our brain plays a key role in our ability to hear. We don’t hear with our ears; we hear when sound reaches the auditory cortex of the brain. Your brain needs your hearing to process sounds, understand information, and for healthy memory. In order to keep your brain healthy, it’s important to manage hearing loss right away, at the first signs. Hearing aids are a great way to keep your brain healthy because they allow you to hear the sounds you have been missing.
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Hearing Loss in Children

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At Valley Hearing Center, we provide comprehensive hearing services to patients of all ages, including children. Your child’s hearing is important for their social, emotional, and cognitive development. If you think your child has a hearing loss, bring them in for a hearing evaluation. Our audiologist and hearing specialists have years of experience helping children with hearing loss.

It’s important to recognize the signs of hearing loss in your child. Some indications of hearing loss include:

If your child has shown any of these signs, please contact us for an appointment.