Hearing Loss

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Experiencing Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is one of the biggest health concerns in the U.S. It is the third most commonly reported physical condition, following arthritis and heart disease. It affects roughly 20 percent of the American population and can strike people of all ages.

48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss.

Top 5 Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Having trouble following conversations with background noise
  • Missing part of the conversation
  • Feeling like others mumble when they speak
  • Turning the volume on the television up
  • Avoiding social gatherings

How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed?

In order to diagnose hearing loss, our audiologist will review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, physically examine your ears and complete a hearing evaluation consisting of a series of audiological tests. A hearing exam may involve one or more of the following:

  • Pure Tone Testing
  • Bone Conduction Testing
  • Speech Testing
  • Tympanometry
  • Acoustic Reflex Testing

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three types:

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It involves a problem with the inner ear. Sensorineural hearing loss is usually treated with hearing aids.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there are problems in the ear canal, eardrum or middle ear. Conductive hearing loss is often correctable with surgery or medications. Alternatively, it may be treated with hearing aids.

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both types. Treatment might involve a combination of medication, surgery and/or hearing aids.

Treatment will depend on the following:

  • Type of hearing loss.
  • Degree of hearing loss.
  • Speed of onset of hearing loss (gradual versus sudden).
  • One ear or both ears showing hearing loss (monaural versus binaural).
Call Barrington Hearing Center at (847) 382-5700 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Get In Touch With Us

To request an appointment or to connect with our team, please complete the form below, or call us at (847) 382-5700. Our team will contact you during our regular business hours. For a medical emergency, please call 911.


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