Guide to Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are an investment in your quality of life. This Guide to Hearing Aids explains how hearing aids work, the different styles of hearing aids available and how to determine the right hearing aid for you.

Hearing – How the Ear Works

The sense we call “hearing” requires a complex interaction between the environment around us, our auditory and vestibular systems and our brain. Discover the fascinating science behind how our body converts acoustic waves to sound.

Impacts of Untreated Hearing Loss

Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss impacts your physical and mental well-being. If hearing is challenging or confusing, you may withdraw from activities and interactions with friends and family. Social isolation leads to depression. Untreated or undiagnosed hearing loss also plays a factor in mental decline.

Types of Hearing Loss

Not all hearing loss is the same; that’s why not all hearing loss is treated the same. There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural and mixed. Conductive hearing loss happens when sound isn’t transmitted properly through the ears to the brain. This is often temporary and may require medical intervention. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when sound transmits properly, but sensory receptors don’t function well. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.