Hearing Loss Treatment in Corpus Christi, TX
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. One in three people older than 60 and half of those older than 85 have hearing loss. Hearing problems can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. They can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.
Types of Hearing Loss
There are two types of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the nerve of hearing is the cause of hearing loss. This happens when the nerve has been injured by infection, virus, trauma, or age. This type of hearing loss is irreversible and can often be compensated for by the use of amplification with a hearing aid.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when the nerve of hearing is normal, but the sound is not getting to the nerve. This occurs when there is either obstruction of the ear canal or middle ear, or malfunction of the hearing apparatus. Fluid in the middle ear, infection, ear wax, and eardrum perforation are common causes for this type of loss. This type of hearing loss can often be corrected with an office procedure or surgery and seldom requires the use of a hearing aid. Consultation for hearing loss includes a thorough physical exam and often a hearing test performed by our Audiologist in the office.
What Should I Do?
Hearing problems are serious. The most important thing you can do if you think you have a hearing problem is to make an appointment with our Audiologist. An audiologist can measure your hearing. Dr. Weiss and our audiologist, Dr. Beams work together to find the treatment that is right for you. If you need a hearing aid, Dr. Beams can help you find the right one. Although children must be seen by a physician before they can be fitted for a hearing aid, adults do not always see a physician.
Why Am I Losing My Hearing?
Hearing loss happens for many reasons. Some people lose their hearing slowly as they age. Another reason for hearing loss may be exposure to too much loud noise. This condition is known as noise-induced hearing loss. Many occupations result in hearing problems because of too much exposure to loud noise. Sometimes loud noise can cause a ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in the ears, called tinnitus.
Hearing loss can also be caused by a virus or bacteria, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medicines.
Treatment and Evaluation
We are happy to provide comprehensive audiology and hearing aid dispensing at Corpus Christi ENT Sinus & Allergy. Dr. Beams is a PhD Audiologist who has been serving the Corpus Christi community for over 25 years and is dedicated to diagnosing and treating both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss with comprehensive hearing testing, including pure tone audiometry, word recognition testing, acoustic reflex testing, and tympanometry. Our hearing center office full-service hearing aid dispensing, maintenance, and warranties along with waterproof custom earmolds. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Beams directly through the front office, or after being seen by our medical staff.