Hearing Loss

Did you know that 10% of the U.S. population reports having difficulty hearing (That’s more than 31 million people!)

Consider these statistics reported by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute:

  • 3 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss;
  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41-59), or 14.6%, have a hearing problem;
  • 1 in 14 Generation X-ers (ages 29-40), or 7.4%, already have hearing loss;
  • At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems;
  • It is estimated that 3 in 1,000 infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss.

Causes of Hearing Loss

The primary causes of hearing loss are:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Medicine
  • Aging process
  • Disease
  • Head trauma

Types of Hearing Loss

Unfortunately, not all hearing loss can be corrected through the use of hearing aids or alternative listening devices. The type of hearing loss you have determines the course of treatment that is right for you.

The four types of hearing loss are:

  • Conductive: This is caused by problems with the ear canal, eardrum, or middle ear and its little bones. This type of hearing loss can be caused by something as simple as earwax buildup!
  • Sensorineural: This is caused when tiny hairs in the cochlea are missing or damaged. This is the most common type of hearing loss and can be caused by: age-related changes, exposure to loud noises, inner ear blood circulation, inner ear fluid disturbances, and problems with the hearing nerve.
  • Mixed: This is a combination of Conductive and Sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Central: Strokes and central nerve diseases are often the cause of this type of hearing loss.

At Kienholz Hearing & Audiology, we’ll perform a series of tests to determine which type of hearing loss you have and which treatments are best for you. Contact our offices in The Woodlands, or Tomball, Texas for a hearing test today.