Hearing Loss

Your hearing system

A good understanding of how we hear is beneficial for understanding hearing loss and solutions recommended to meet your hearing needs and listening goals.

Symptoms of hearing loss include:

Understanding Hearing Loss

Your type of hearing loss is categorised by where the issue occurs (i.e. outer, middle or inner ear) and whether one or both ears are affected (unilateral or bilateral). Hearing loss may also be described by whether it was present at birth (congenital) or progressive or acquired (e.g. head injury).

Hearing loss can further be described by severity which ranges from mild to profound.

Types of hearing loss

Hearing loss arising from outer or middle ear issues are referred to as a conductive hearing loss. Some conductive hearing losses can be managed medically, others not. All Ears & Speech work closely with Ear, Nose and Throat specialists to ensure best outcomes for clients.
Hearing loss arising from inner ear issues, which may include the auditory nerve, are referred to as a sensorineural hearing loss. This is usually a permanent type of hearing loss requiring both medical and audiological management.
Hearing loss can also present where this is a combination of middle ear pathology and inner ear issues. These losses are referred to as a mixed hearing loss and requires both medical and audiological management.

Degrees of hearing loss

While you hear most speech sounds, you may you need to ask others to repeat information more frequently and have difficulty following conversations.

You will be experiencing increasing difficulty understanding speech, particularly in groups and noisy environments.

You will be unable to hear others speaking at normal conversation levels and struggle in all listening environments.

If you have a profound hearing loss you will not hear others speaking at loud conversation levels and will heavily rely on visual information.

Need additional help in challenging listening situations?

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For those listening situations where even the most advanced hearing technology does not meet all your listening goals, assistive listening devices can provide the added boost needed over distance or in loud background noise.