Although many people take them for granted, our ears are constantly functioning through a series of intricate processes. First, sound waves enter the ear canal and cause the eardrum to vibrate. This vibration is transmitted through the middle ear through a series of tiny bones, before arriving at the fluid-filled cochlea. The movement of this fluid is converted by the auditory nerve and finally interpreted by our brains as sound.
How Does Hearing Loss Occur?
Our ears are extremely complex structures and are more easily damaged than people often think. Causes of hearing loss can range from loud noises, head trauma and certain diseases to genetic factors and the natural ageing process.
What Can I Do About Hearing Loss?
In general, your hearing outcomes will depend on the type of hearing loss you have. Types of hearing loss include sensorineural hearing loss (which results from damage to the cochlea or associated nerves), conductive hearing loss (which results from the faulty transmission of sound waves), and sudden hearing loss (which often remains unexplained).
If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, it's important to seek advice. A National Hearing Care trained staff member can perform a free hearing test to assesss your level of hearing, and if necessary, make an appointment with the Audiologist or Audiometrist for a full hearing assessment to begin developing an appropriate solution for your hearing loss.