We want you to feel confident about making a decision for your hearing. That’s why we believe in providing you with the knowledge and information you need to address your hearing loss and to choose the right hearing aids. But, we do understand it can be confusing dealing with hearing loss, that’s why we are always here to answer any of your questions.
There are different types of hearing loss, and each one occurs in different parts of the auditory system and affects different frequencies as well. The two main types of hearing loss are conductive and sensorineural. The causes of these hearing losses vary from ear infections and head trauma to the results of aging. Hearing loss can also be the result of prolonged noise exposure, which is why it is so critical to keep your ears safe by protecting your hearing when in loud environments.
Depending on the type of hearing loss you have, sound frequencies are often affected. We have band frequencies from the low end (male voices) to the high end (women’s and children’s voices) which we are able to hear. Depending on your type of hearing loss and what caused it, you can have trouble hearing one end of the frequencies. When you lose the high frequencies then you lose the ability to hear consonants in speech that give clarity. The low frequencies give speech volume, so you may be able to hear but you can’t understand what is being said. No matter what level of frequencies you have trouble with or what type of hearing loss you have, hearing aids can help.
Your ears are not the only part of your body that hears sound. The brain is also responsible for hearing and processing sounds, that is why it is so important to treat hearing loss as soon as possible so you don’t suffer from any further conditions such as dementia or cognitive decline. When sound comes to your ear it goes through your outer ear, inner ear, and then to the auditory nerve. Then it leaves the ear and travels up through auditory pathways to the auditory cortex in the brain. Once it reaches the auditory cortex is when we actually hear sounds, not when it enters the ear. Our brains then process the sound and its meaning. So healthy hearing not only includes your ears but your brain as well. When your brain doesn’t hear certain sounds it forgets about them and is no longer able to process those sounds. Keep your ears and brain healthy by visiting us at Denver Audiology so we can help you have healthy hearing.