The team at Harbor Hearing encourages everyone to complete a thorough hearing evaluation, even if you don’t currently have any symptoms.
During your hearing evaluation , we will:
Participating in a hearing test is easy and completely painless. We’ll gain a better understanding of the volumes and frequencies you can hear as well as how well you understand the speech of others. If you do have hearing loss, it’s our goal to provide you with comprehensive information so that you can decide which course of treatment is right for you.
Is it Hearing Loss or Impacted Earwax?
Cerumen, also known as ‘earwax’, is a substance that is naturally produced by the glands in your ears and serves a few key functions:
In some cases, cerumen may begin to accumulate and cause a blockage.
We recommend you do not try to remove it on your own. Most people will try to use Q-tips to remove any blockages. However, the Q-tip can push the blockage farther down the canal causing more serious problems.
At Harbor Hearing, we offer a safe an easy way to remove earwax – with the Earigator™. It has fully automated temperature and pressure controls, making the Earigator™ a safe and highly effective ear wax removal system.
Hearing Evaluations are Crucial for Long-Term Hearing Health
Along with regular dental and vision checkups, your hearing should be evaluated annually to ensure the health of your ears.
You could have an impairment and not even know it. Over time, these conditions can get worse and can impact your ability to enjoy your day to day life. Thankfully, the team at Harbor Hearing performs comprehensive hearing evaluations and can help you on the road to better hearing health.
Most people don’t realize how important a hearing evaluation can be, both for preserving your natural hearing ability and for uncovering any hearing impairments that you may have. With our comprehensive hearing evaluations, that time is spent learning about your hearing ability and making plans to improve it.
Hearing loss can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as:
Our hearing evaluations are designed to diagnose exactly which part of your ear isn’t functioning and thus allows us to create the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
The most common type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss occurs due to a problem with the inner ear or auditory nerve. It presents itself when either the auditory nerve or the hair-like cells in the cochlea have sustained damage or are missing. This results in the inability to send complete nerve signals to the brain.
This kind of hearing loss can be caused by the following:
Conductive Hearing Loss
Although rather uncommon and typically temporary, a conductive hearing loss can occur in some patients. It’s caused when an issue in the outer or middle ear blocks sound from the inner ear. Treatment involves the use of medication or surgery while other individuals opt to use hearing aids to improve their hearing ability.
Conductive hearing loss can be caused by:
Mixed Hearing Loss
When multiple parts of the ear’s anatomy are damaged, a mixed hearing loss can occur. In most cases, both the middle or outer ear along with the auditory nerve or inner ear have sustained an injury of some type or have encountered one of the conditions listed above. The conductive hearing loss present may be reversible while the sensorineural hearing loss is often permanent.
Auditory Processing Disorders
Rather than a hearing impairment which affects the ability to detect sounds, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) causes individuals to struggle with their ability to organize, analyze, and interpret noises around them. While all parts of the ear are functioning properly, those with APD find that the hurdle they encounter is in their brain. Often caused by a tumor, disease, injury, heredity, or an unknown cause, the auditory processing centers in the brain do not function normally. APD does not always include hearing loss and many times the treatments for this disorder versus a hearing impairment are dramatically different.