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Hearing Loss Specialist

Advantage ENT & Audiology

Otolaryngology & Audiology located in Arvada, CO & Westminster, CO

Though age-related hearing loss is common, people at any age can lose some or all of their hearing. The experienced otolaryngologists and audiologists at Advantage ENT work together to diagnose the cause of your hearing loss. They treat the problem whenever possible or help you find the best hearing aid for your unique needs. If you have questions about hearing loss or need to schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, or Wheat Ridge, Colorado, or request an appointment online today.

Hearing Loss Q & A

What causes hearing loss?

There are three types of hearing loss, conductive, sensorineural, and mixed:

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when your outer or middle ear problems stop sound waves from reaching your inner ear. The most common causes include:

  • Impacted earwax
  • A perforated eardrum
  • Excess fluid in the middle ear
  • Outer or middle ear infections
  • Bone damage in the middle ear

Most patients with conductive hearing loss can recover their hearing when the team at Advantage ENT treats the underlying problem.

Sensorineural hearing loss

You develop sensorineural hearing loss when the sensory cells in your inner ear or the auditory nerve become damaged. This can happen due to:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Certain illnesses
  • Medications
  • Exposure to loud sounds
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease
  • Meniere‚Äôs disease
  • Otosclerosis

Most people gradually lose some of their hearing as they get older, a condition called presbycusis. However, exposure to loud sounds is another common cause of sensorineural hearing loss.  

Mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss occurs when you have conductive and sensorineural conditions. In some cases, an underlying medical problem may be present that is causing the conductive component to the hearing loss. Hearing aids may also be recommended for a mixed hearing loss.

What happens during my evaluation for hearing loss?

A comprehensive hearing evaluation, called an audiological evaluation, includes a visual inspection of the ear and a comprehensive hearing test with an audiologist.

During your hearing test, your audiologist performs one or more tests such as:

  • A pure tone air conduction test
  • A bone conduction test
  • Speech and word recognition
  • A tympanometry test
  • An auditory brainstem response test
  • Acoustic reflex measures

Your provider performs the tests needed to determine the severity of your hearing loss and the cause of the problem.

How is hearing loss treated?

The team at Advantage ENT treats the underlying cause of conductive hearing loss. If you have permanent hearing loss, they prescribe an assistive listening device or a hearing aid.

Advantage ENT offers the major brands of hearing aids and all the different styles. When you need a hearing aid, your audiologist works closely with you, explaining the styles, teaching you about the technology available, and helping you choose a hearing aid that works for you and your specific needs.

The Advantage ENT practice also gives each patient at least a 45 day trial period. During that time, you can schedule follow-up appointments for adjustments or further instruction on using the hearing aids. 

If your new hearing aids fall short of your needs or expectations, you can exchange them for a new pair or return them during your trial period.

If you notice a change in your hearing and you would like to schedule an appointment, call Advantage ENT or request an appointment online today.

 

Fax: 855-324-5322