Hearing Loss Diagnosis & Treatment

At Audiology Associates of Deerfield, we know that hearing loss should be treated with the utmost care and compassion, and we aim to provide our patients with hearing loss solutions designed around their lives.

What is hearing loss, and what causes it?

By definition, hearing loss is when you can no longer hear as well as someone with normal hearing, or, in other words, you can no longer hear sounds of 20 decibels (dB) or less in one or both ears. Hearing loss is very common among the general population, but prevalence increases in older adults.

Hearing loss has several causes, including prolonged or sudden exposure to loud sound, genetics, illness, or injury. And, every person experiences hearing loss in a slightly different way — from the severity to the overall impact on quality of life.

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What is hearing loss, and what causes it?

There are three main types of hearing loss that affect your ability to hear in slightly different ways:

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL) is the most common type of hearing loss, and it’s most often caused by damage to the inner ear. When the organs of the inner ear or the nerves they’re connected to are damaged by loud noise or a physical injury, hearing becomes more difficult.

Conductive Hearing Loss occurs as a result of an infection or blockage in the outer or middle ear. Excess fluid or earwax buildup are common culprits of conductive hearing loss, and when the blockage or infection is cleared, this hearing loss is usually reversed..

Mixed Hearing Loss is a combination of SNHL and conductive hearing loss, and, while treating the conductive portion can improve hearing, the SNHL portion is usually non-reversible and can cause permanent hearing loss.

How is hearing loss diagnosed and treated?

Hearing loss often develops gradually, so it can be hard to tell that a hearing loss is present until it reaches more moderate levels. That’s why it’s important to get regular hearing tests starting at age 50 to properly diagnose hearing loss when it can be more easily treated.

Depending on the severity and cause of the hearing loss, hearing aids are usually the go-to treatment option for those experiencing hearing loss, as hearing aids can help individuals maintain a more normal hearing level.

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The Potential Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss

Change to living with untreated hearing loss affects much more than your ability to hear. Research shows that untreated hearing loss may contribute to a faster rate of atrophy to the brain. Potential consequences commonly seen are:



Cognitive Decline


Stress or Anxiety



If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, see a hearing care specialist right away

The risks associated with untreated hearing loss can be lessened or completely avoided with proper treatment. Reach out to Audiology Associates of Deerfield today to schedule a hearing test and thorough exam by one of our skilled audiologists.