You might think there’s only one type of hearing loss – you’d be wrong! There are actually several types, each requiring different forms of treatment.

When you come for an appointment at Audicles, your doctor will conduct a hearing evaluation to diagnose your specific condition.

Among our patients, two are the most common: conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss

Put simply; this occurs when something in the outer or middle part of your ear blocks sound transmitting to the inner part of your ear.

In some cases, this could just be due to a build-up of wax or a foreign object that’s become lodged in your ear canal.

But in others, it results from a medical condition – swelling of the ear, an ear infection, fluid behind the eardrum, or a hole in the eardrum.

Audicles refers to the majority of people with a conductive hearing loss to ear, nose, and throat physicians, who perform detailed evaluations and treat patients using surgical procedures.

Sensorineural hearing loss

Most of the patients that our doctors diagnose have sensorineural hearing loss, which results from permanent damage to a person’s inner ear or auditory nerve.

Those with this condition can’t be treated with medicines or surgery, like with conductive hearing loss, but require hearing aids.

Hearing aids are an effective treatment because they amplify sounds that transmit to the inner part of your ear, allowing wearers to hear clearly.

Audicles also refer those with a severe to profound hearing loss to surgeons who perform cochlear implant surgeries.

Auditory neuropathy hearing loss

This is a rare condition. It occurs when auditory nerves, carrying sound information to your brain, don’t work perfectly.

While individuals with this condition will sometimes hear sounds as normal, they’ll suffer from a mild to severe hearing loss at others.

Our doctors at Audicles treat auditory neuropathy hearing loss in a variety of different ways, including with the use of hearing aids.

Auditory processing disorder

This is another far less common form of hearing loss that affects how people process sounds in different environments.

For example, someone with auditory processing disorder may only struggle to hear in noisy spaces. Children with this condition might also find they can’t hear sounds in classrooms.

As this is often complex, Audicles makes referrals to highly-trained specialists when doctors diagnose patients with it.

What should I do next?

If you suspect you have a hearing loss, regardless of the specific condition, the best thing to do is to contact Audicles and book an evaluation.

Our doctors will be able to offer expert diagnoses and provide professional advice on the best course of treatment going forward.

The majority of people can be treated effectively with medical procedures or hearing aids. Why not contact us today to arrange a callback and see how we can change your life for the better?

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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.
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“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