Hearing Loss Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I know if I have hearing loss?
If you suspect that you’re experiencing the symptoms of hearing loss, don’t wait to seek a solution! Try Beltone’s online hearing screening, then book a free appointment with a hearing care professional for a free in-person hearing assessment.
Are there different types of hearing loss?
There are three main types of hearing loss and treatment options differ for each:
- Conductive hearing loss
- Sensorineural hearing loss
- Mixed hearing loss
Read more about the different types of hearing loss here.
What causes hearing loss?
Hearing loss can be caused by several factors, including the aging process, heredity, disease, exposure to noises and the buildup of earwax. Read more about the causes of hearing loss here.
What is sensorineural hearing loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss accounts for most adult hearing problems and is typically caused by aging or exposure to unsafe sound levels. It’s most frequently treated with hearing aids. Read more about sensorineural hearing loss here.
How is meningitis connected to hearing loss?
Certain infections can cause hearing loss at any age, with one of the most common culprits being bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis may lead to mild hearing impairment or even profound deafness. Read more about hearing loss and meningitis here.
What is conductive hearing loss?
Conductive hearing loss is frequently temporary and caused by ear infections, buildup of earwax, punctured eardrums and otosclerosis (an abnormal bone development in the middle ear). It’s most frequently treated with earwax cleaning and removal, medication or surgery. Read more here.
Can medications cause hearing loss?
There are over 200 pharmaceuticals known to adversely affect the human auditory system, in particular the sensory cells of the inner ear. Called “ototoxic” medications, these include prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter remedies. Read more about medications and hearing loss here.
What’s the best way to protect your hearing?
Protect your hearing and wear earplugs whenever your surroundings are so loud that you must raise your voice to be heard. Extremely loud noises can cause permanent damage to the tiny hair cells inside the cochlea. Even moderately loud noise over time can be damaging.
Can noise hurt my ears?
Yes, noise can be dangerous. If it is loud enough and lasts long enough, it can damage your hearing. Read more about earbuds and hearing loss here.
How can I help someone with hearing loss?
Many people with hearing loss don't realize what they're missing. Here are some simple steps you can take to help your friend or loved one get the help they need:
- Repeat yourself
- Raise your voice
- Act as their messenger on the phone
- Communicate how their hearing loss is affecting their relationships
- Remind them that waiting won't make the hearing loss go away
- Encourage them to try an online hearing screening
- Accompany them to their free hearing assessment