Here at The Center for Audiology, we offer comprehensive hearing tests and solutions for those with impaired hearing. Our team of doctors and staff have made it our mission to educate as many people as possible about the risks, the facts of hearing loss, as well as both the short term and long-lasting effects of hearing damage.
Aside from Age-Induced hearing loss, which typically occurs gradually over time, there are three basic categories that describe most cases of hearing loss including:
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Conductive Hearing Loss: Occurs when there is a problem conducting sound waves along the route through the outer ear to the eardrum and tiny bones (ossciles) in the middle ear. This effects the ability to hear faint sounds, and can often be corrected medically, or with surgery.
- Build-up of fluid in the middle ear due to a cold or flu
- Ear Infection
- Perforated Eardrum
- Impacted Earwax
- Presence of a foreign object
- Absence of malformation of the outer ear or ear canal
Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Is the case where there is damage to the inner ear or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. This is the most common form of permanent hearing loss, as the damage cannot be corrected with surgery.
- Birth Defects
- Head Trauma
- Noise-induced Damage
- Exposure to drugs that are toxic to hearing
Mixed Hearing Loss: This describes a situation when a conductive hearing loss occurs in combination with sensorineural hearing loss. This is caused by damage to the outer, middle, or inner ear or auditory nerve itself, hearing loss is mixed, as the patient displays symptoms and characteristics from both types of hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Assistance Programs
- Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) - This Texas state program was developed to help people with documented hearing or vision loss. If your application sent to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services gets approved, you will receive a voucher for qualifying devices such as amplified and captioned telephones.
- Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) - This computerized program will help train your brain to develop improved listening skills in noisy locations like restaurants, crowds, and group settings.
To learn more about our programs, call us at (713) 255-0035