Audiology - St. Augustine ENT
Protecting your hearing can make a big difference in the quality of your life. A hearing impairment is any problem an individual encounters during the hearing process. This can occur in one or both ears and may be permanent or temporary. Audiology is the medical specialty concerned with the study of hearing disorders, the assessment of hearing impairment as well as the recommendation of corrective and preventive measures. If you think you have a hearing loss, choosing an audiologist is one of the most important decisions you can make. Don't trust your hearing assessment to a salesperson. At St. Augustine ENT, Dr. DePasquale and her physician-guided staff can determine the best treatment plan for your hearing loss to include prescription medications, surgical therapy, aural rehabilitation and/or hearing aids.
Types of Hearing Loss
Treatment for hearing conditions is very individualized depending upon the cause and severity of the loss. Three basic categories of hearing impairment include:
- cerumen (earwax) impaction
- ear infections
- fluid in the middle ear
- perforated eardrum
- swimmer's ear
- ear tumors or malformations
- serious illness
- acoustic trauma
- family history of hearing loss
- congenital abnormalities
- exposure to toxic drugs
- head injury
1) - Conductive Hearing Loss
Generally speaking, a conductive loss causes a reduction in hearing that it related to problems in the outer or middle ear. As sound travels through the ear canal to the eardrum and the ossicles (tiny bones in the middle ear), the volume can be impacted by a variety of conditions to include:
2) - Sensorineural Hearing Loss
In contrast, a sensorineural hearing loss is due to sensory nerve damage or damage to cochlear hairs or bones. This type of loss makes it difficult to hear (muffled or distorted) faint sounds even though the volume is loud enough. Along with natural aging, possible causes can include:
3) - Mixed Hearing Loss
Abnormalities or disease in the outer or middle ear can cause areas of the inner ear canal to be more susceptible to damage or disease. When this occurs, the hearing impairment is referred to as a mixed hearing loss. Typically, the conductive component of the hearing impairment is addressed and treated first.
If you have been struggling with hearing problems, call St. Augustine ENT at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form to learn more about our physician-guide approach to improving the quality of life for those with struggling with a hearing loss.
DISCLAIMER: This website provides information for educational purposes only. The content is not intended to be used for medical diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical or surgical condition. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician or healthcare provider without delay.