Are you struggling with your hearing or perhaps you are concerned about a loved one and want to find out more about hearing loss?

In the US, approximately 1 in 10 people suffer from some degree of hearing loss and most people believe that there is just one type but there are two types of hearing loss – conductive and sensorineural.

At Audicles, we wanted to share some information with you about the different types of hearing loss because the prospect can fill people with dread and leave them feeling really rather anxious. It is useful to arm yourself with the facts and hopefully that will help alleviate any fear you or your loved one may have.

Our patients often report early signs of their hearing loss to be things like having to increase the volume on the television, sounds becoming muffled, having to ask for words to be repeated – and these are all common indicators that there is some degree of hearing impairment. The good news is that most hearing loss can be treated and your audiologist will be able to decipher what kind of hearing loss you have during your examination.

Conductive Hearing Loss – This is usually a temporary problem due to a blockage or malformation somewhere between the outer and inner ear. Often conductive hearing loss is due to a build-up of ear wax or fluid left behind after an ear infection. Or perhaps your eardrum has ruptured or the small bones within the middle ear have stiffened.

The outcome for patients with conductive hearing loss is excellent because the majority of these treatments are entirely treatable either with surgery or medication. If, for whatever reason, your conductive hearing loss is not treatable, we can guide you through the best option for you, which would typically be a hearing aid or a middle ear transplant.

Sensorineural – People with sensorineural hearing loss are experiencing problems with their inner ear. There are two possible issues here, the first being a sensory problem with the deep part of the ear that detects sound and the second being with the nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain.

Sensorineural hearing loss can be genetic but it can also be caused by illness, head or ear trauma, and repeated exposure to loud noises. The usual treatment route for this type of hearing loss is hearing aids and in certain circumstances, cochlear implants are suitable.

People can also suffer from mixed hearing loss, which is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural, meaning treatment options are usually a mixture of medication, surgery, and hearing aids.

We want to reassure you that whatever your type of hearing loss, here at Audicles, we can help you get back on track. We can provide you with a clear diagnosis, treatment options, and ongoing support to ensure you receive the very best in hearing healthcare. Please do get in touch if you would like to book in for a hearing health check.

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.
What Was Betty's First Experience at Audicles Like ...
“My first sign of hearing loss was gradually realizing that I couldn’t hear and was missing too much. My first impressions of Audicles were that I would recommend them, they had a good reputation and local. I knew that I needed help and found them very easy to work with, very thorough and very likable. Hearing aids have impacted my life a great deal, I was missing too much of what was going on. My advice to anybody considering visiting Audicles would be that they’re an excellent choice and I think they would be very happy with them.”
Betty P.
What Would Brian Rate Audicles Out of 10? ...
“I first realized I had signs of hearing loss in the early 90’s, my biggest fear at the time was having to wear hearing aids and feeling old and deaf. I went to visit Audicles and if I had to rate my first impressions on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give them a 12+. From day one of having my hearing aids, everything changed, when I take them off the world goes to only 50% hearing, so they really have positively impacted my life. I always recommend Audicles so if you are considering visiting, I would highly recommend and refer Audicles and Tracey Board.”
Brian O.
Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming ...
“My first signs of hearing loss started in 3rd grade, I had problems with my teacher, which in turn led to having a hearing test, which found high frequency hearing loss in my left ear. Audicles made me feel very comfortable right from the start and Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming, enough to keep me as a patient for 30+ years. My hearing aids have become a true blessing as I have gotten older, if you are considering visiting Audicles, don’t wait! They truly go above and beyond to help you.”
Donald Kotzer
What Happened at 4 Year Old Hunter's First Appointment ...
“Hunter was just four years old when we found out he had a profound hearing loss in both ears and as his parents we were so worried Hunter would have to live with this disability and would always be considered different. As soon as his hearing aids were turned on, he ran to the window and said “trucks.” He could hear the traffic for the first time. When we got home to his Memi’s house, he could hear the peacocks and he was so excited … it was priceless. The impact hearing aids have had on Hunter’s life is incredible, Hunter says “I am able to live a normal life and communicate easily with my family and friends. I love to hunt and fish, which are two things I can do better when I can hear.” For anybody considering visiting Audicles, we would not consider taking Hunter anywhere else, they are the most caring people you will ever meet. We love Dr. Board and all of the staff, they are extremely helpful and welcoming at all times.”
Hunter Brown
Isaac First Visited Audicles as a Little Kid ...
“My first signs of hearing loss came when I was a little kid, I was really happy when I visited Audicles for my first appointment. Hearing Aids have had a really good impact on my life, I can hear everything! I would definitely encourage anybody considering visiting Audicles to go.”
Isaac Leos
She Always Made Me Feel Like I Belonged ...
“I was only two when signs of hearing loss were detected so I don’t remember my first appointment, but one of my earliest memories was visiting Dr. Jane with my grandpa. She always made me feel like I belonged and always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My first impressions of Audicles were awesome, I remember sitting in the hearing booth thinking I was in a spaceship! The impact hearing aids have had on my life is indescribable, I would not be where I am without the help of Audicles, Dr. Jane went above and beyond to help me. I would say to anybody considering visiting Audicles, what are you waiting for?”
Jaret Gunn
There is Never a Better Time to Do It Than The Present ...
“I noticed the first signs of hearing loss at work, as I work with children in my teaching job, I found it harder and harder to hear them. My family were also giving me a hard time about the TV volume. I was so ready to increase my quality of life and not miss anything so I had no fears about visiting Audicles for my first appointment. I was made to feel right at home! They were professional, kind, patient and explained everything. Hearing aids have impacted my life in a big way, I can hear my grandchildren. I have been able to use mics and the technology offered for a variety of purposes was all for the good. If you are considering visiting Audicles, just do it! There is never a better time than the present. What do you have to lose?”
Kim M.
My First Signs of Hearing Loss Were ...
“I was really pleased with my first visit to Audicles, first impressions were very good, everyone is very nice and helpful. Wearing hearing aids has positively impacted my life as I can hear things now that I did not realize I was missing. If you are considering visiting Audicles I would say to go, you can’t find a better service.”
Loretta Anton