HEARING LOSS


Hearing Loss

The Number 1 Provider of Hearing Loss Services in Houston, TX

Here at The Center for Audiology, we offer comprehensive hearing tests and solutions for those with impaired hearing. Our team of doctors and staff have made it our mission to educate as many people as possible about the risks, the facts of hearing loss, as well as both the short term and long-lasting effects of hearing damage. 

Aside from Age-Induced hearing loss, which typically occurs gradually over time, there are three basic categories that describe most cases of hearing loss including: 

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Conductive Hearing Loss: Occurs when there is a problem conducting sound waves along the route through the outer ear to the eardrum and tiny bones (ossciles) in the middle ear. This effects the ability to hear faint sounds, and can often be corrected medically, or with surgery. 

Causes include
• Build-up of fluid in the middle ear due to a cold or flu
• Ear Infection
• Perforated Eardrum
• Impacted Earwax
• Presence of a foreign object 
• Absence of malformation of the outer ear or ear canal

Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Is the case where there is damage to the inner ear or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. This is the most common form of permanent hearing loss, as the damage cannot be corrected with surgery. 

Causes include:
• Birth Defects
• Virus
• Head Trauma 
• Tumors
• Noise-induced Damage
• Exposure to drugs that are toxic to hearing

Mixed Hearing Loss: This describes a situation when a conductive hearing loss occurs in combination with sensorineural hearing loss. This is caused by damage to the outer, middle, or inner ear or auditory nerve itself, hearing loss is mixed, as the patient displays symptoms and characteristics from both types of hearing loss. 

How to Cope & Prevent Further Hearing Loss

With each of these cases, there are also different levels of hearing loss ranging from mild, moderate, severe, to profound hearing loss. Using pure-tone stimuli at various frequencies to determine your hearing classification, we will measure your response to determine the cause, and degree to which your hearing is impaired. The results of these tests will help us get a better idea of your hearing loss to develop a treatment plan or therapy to prevent further hearing loss and other issues. 

Noise Ear Protection

If you’re regularly exposed to loud noises above 85 decibels and you aren’t employing some kind of hearing protection, then you’re vastly increasing the chance of hearing loss down the road. We offer custom earmolds, protection for hunters and even in-ear monitors that allow musicians to protect their hearing without missing a note.

Tinnitus Therapy

While there’s no cure for tinnitus, there are ways to make it better. Serenade: SoundCure, offered at The Center for Audiology, is a revolutionary system that can lessen the burden of your tinnitus and truly improve your quality of life. 

Hearing Aids & Loops

Hearing aids are the most common way for those afflicted with hearing loss to improve their hearing as well as their quality of life. Hearing aids do more than simply amplify sound. Correctly diagnosed, your hearing aids will also improve the clarity of your hearing, making it easier to hold conversations, watch television and more.

Hearing loops are an additional benefit that allow you to separate background noise from the sound you intend to hear by wirelessly connecting you to televisions, movies and more.

Hearing Aid Repairs

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning as well as they should, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your hearing loss is getting worse. Many common hearing aid repairs are available at The Center for Audiology that can improve the functionality of your hearing aids and make your life easier.

Whatever your hearing needs might be, we can help. Call The Center for Audiology today at 713.255.0035 to make your appointment
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