It can be frustrating to be unable to hear well enough to enjoy daily life experiences, the bank teller at the drive through, family talking around the dinner table, your minister’s message at church or a phone call from a friend.

There are two main types of hearing loss.  One happens when sound waves cannot reach your inner ear due to fluid, earwax build-up or a punctured eardrum.  The other happens when your auditory nerve in your inner ear is damaged.  There are various treatments and even surgery which can reverse some kinds of hearing loss.

According to the MAYO CLINIC, most hearing loss occurs gradually as a person ages.  About 25% of people in the United States after the age of 55 have some degree of hearing loss.Fortunately, you don’t have to live in a world of muted sounds.  The physicians at Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates will work closely with the audiologists at Oklahoma Hearing Center to create important steps to improve what you hear.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS of HEARING LOSS may include muffling of speech and other sounds, trouble hearing consonants, difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people.  Do you ask others to speak more clearly, loudly or more slowly?  To hear the radio or television, do you have to turn up the volume more than the rest of your family?  Due to your hearing loss, you maywant to withdraw yourself from conversations and begin to avoid social settings.

To be unable to hear well enough to enjoy talking with friends or family can be very frustrating. Hearing disorders make it hard to hear, understanding what causes hearing loss may help you develop a solution. It has been discovered that the inability to hear can be caused by heredity.  If your parents or grandparents experienced hearing loss, there is a good chance you will too.  If you have experienced a number of ear infections or meningitis during your life, this may affect your hearing.  Trauma to your head or more especially, your ear, may cause damage to the ear function.  It has been discovered that some medicines may cause hearing loss.  Some people produce more earwax than others, the build-up of earwax can actually cause hearing loss.Due to a career in a noisy environment such as an airport or manufacturing plant, having a hobby like racing remote control cars, shooting guns or playing in a rock and roll band; experience long-term exposure to loud noises can damage parts of your inner ear.

There are two main types of hearing loss. One happens when your inner ear or auditory nerve is damaged. This type is usually permanent. The other kind happens when sound waves cannot reach your inner ear. Earwax build-up, fluid, or a punctured eardrum can cause it. Treatment or surgery can often reverse this kind of hearing loss.

An important fact to remember is that untreatedhearing problems can only get worse, never better. If you have trouble hearing, you can get help with one simple phone call. After testing your hearing, the audiologist will review all the possible treatments include hearing aids, cochlear implants, special training, certain medicines and possible surgery.