Hearing Health

Nearly 48 million Americans experience hearing health difficulties. The audiologist, professionals and staff at Kenwood Hearing Centers are dedicated to not only assisting those who need amplification, but also educating the public about hearing health.

Use this section to find out how the intricate system of the ear works, how hearing loss affects people, and ways to protect your hearing

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

The majority of hearing difficulties result from damage to the inner ear, referred to as Sensorineural or Nerve Hearing Losses. Power tools, factories, guns, lawn mowers, hair dryers, MP3 players, surround sound and freeways are just a few ways in which we are slowly and imperceptibly eroding our hearing, lessening the sharpness and reducing the clarity of the spoken word. In addition, there are genetic factors, illnesses, and medications which can also affect our ability to hear the world around us. These problems are typically permanent in nature and do not respond to medical or surgical intervention. In time because of these difficulties, those with hearing loss often begin to withdraw from social gatherings and experience a wide variety of negative social and emotional consequences.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Problems effecting the Outer or Middle ear are referred to as conductive hearing losses. This hearing loss affects a person’s ability to conduct sound to the inner ear. These losses are common in children who suffer from ear infections, but can also be caused by a range of adult problems from simple ear wax to congenital malformations and calcium growths (also known as otosclerosis).

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Hearing losses of this nature are often temporary and may be medically and/or surgically treatable. This type of hearing loss represents 5-10% of our nations hearing difficulties.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is the combination of both conductive and sensorineural types of hearing loss.

How the Ear Works

Problems effecting the Outer or Middle ear are referred to as conductive hearing losses…

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Protecting Your Hearing

Hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds is painless, progressive and permanent…

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