Rochester Hearing & Speech Center

Hearing Health

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Our audiologists are committed to ensuring your best hearing health. We have a range of hearing care services that include the prevention, treatment and maintenance of your hearing.

If the best possible hearing health is a priority for you and you want a solution that compliments your life style and those close to you we can help you, Be Your Best Self!

The first step to good hearing health is a Hearing Evaluation by a licensed audiologist.

A hearing evaluation will:

  • determine if you have a hearing loss and the type and severity
  • determine if there is a medical cause - if so, your doctor can give you advice and medical treatment
  • determine if hearing aids, assistive listening devices, communication strategies or a combination of the three will give you the most benefit.

Hearing Screening Questionnaire - click to take a quiz to determine if you might have a hearing loss

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Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

A sensorineural hearing loss is sometimes referred to as "nerve deafness." This type of hearing loss is precipitated by damage to hair cells in the inner ear. Each hair cell receives specific sounds and the more cells that are damaged, the poorer the hearing. The most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss is the aging process or noise exposure but medical conditions can also be a factor. This type of hearing loss may make it difficult to understand conversation or hear in a noisy environment. Hearing aids and assistive listening devices can usually help.

Conductive Hearing Loss

A conductive hearing loss is usually caused by a medical condition that can often be treated by a physician. Some examples of causes are: wax build up that blocks the sound from reaching the middle and inner ear, an ear infection, a perforated eardrum or other such ailments. If medical treatment cannot help, a hearing aid may.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss involves a combination of the two above. Medical treatment may help the conductive portion and a hearing aid may help the sensorineural component or both.

Causes of Hearing Loss

  • Heredity
    Chances are heredity is a factor if a hearing loss was discovered at birth or in the first few years of life. This type of hearing loss can be traced to family history.
  • Disease
    Some diseases such as rubella, mumps, meniere's and meningitis can cause hearing loss.
  • Medications
    Some medications can cause hearing loss.
  • Head Injuries
    Head injuries and other accidents can cause hearing problems in certain instances.
  • Aging Process
    The aging process is often accompanied by a progressive hearing loss that usually develops slowly over years. This type of hearing loss is also called presbycusis and is sometimes made worseby a lifetime of exposure to noise.
  • Prolonged Noise Exposure
    Prolonged noise exposure over time is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Noise exposure on the job affects the hearing of firemen, industrial workers, musicians, etc. while non-occupational noise can cause hearing loss in the general public. Exposure to loud music, lawn care equipment, firearms and even household appliances such as vacuum cleaners are loud enough to affect hearing. It is important to wear hearing protection whenever you are exposed to noise , even if you wear hearing aids or already have a hearing loss.
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