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Hearing Loss

At Wilmington Hearing Specialists, we understand how precious the experience of hearing truly is. Our highly qualified audiologists in Wilmington and Southport, NC offer many treatment options for hearing loss such as hearing aids, including Lyric and Siemens brands, as well as cochlear implants. If you are experiencing hearing loss, we want you to know that you are in good hands and you are not alone.

Many people suffer from hearing loss. In fact, the latest available statistics show that over 10% of the U.S. population report difficulty hearing, and the numbers are steadily increasing. According to the executive director of the Better Hearing Institute, one in six Baby Boomers suffer from a hearing problem and three in ten people over the age of 60 currently are suffering from hearing loss.

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, mental, psychological, and even economic disadvantages, so it is important to get it treated properly.

Causes of Hearing Loss

One of the most common myths about hearing loss is that only the elderly suffer from it, but many people with hearing loss are younger than 65. There are many causes of hearing loss, but the primary causes are:

  • Exposure to noise
  • Medicine
  • Aging process
  • Disease
  • Head trauma

Types of Hearing Loss

Not all hearing loss is corrected through the use of hearing aids or alternative listening devices. The type of hearing loss determines the specific treatment required.

There are four types of hearing loss:

  • Conductive: This could be caused by something as simple as earwax buildup and occurs when there is trouble conducting sound waves in the outer ear, eardrum, or middle ear.
  • Sensorineural: This is caused when tiny hairs in the cochlea are missing or damaged.
  • Mixed: This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Central: Strokes and central nervous system disorders are often the cause of this type of hearing loss.

At Wilmington Hearing Specialists, our experts will determine the type of hearing loss you have and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your condition. Request an appointment online or call us today at (910) 791-4755. Our comfortable offices are conveniently located in Wilmington and Southport, North Carolina.