About your hearing

The ear is a complex organ. We can determine your hearing status with a thorough hearing assessment.

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How does the ear work?

The ear is composed of three sections: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The outer ear comprises the ear canal; it is responsible for collecting sounds and directing them to the eardrum. The middle ear comprises the eardrum and three tiny bones (ossicles) which intensify and transfer sounds to the inner ear (cochlea). Sounds are changed into electrical impulses by tiny sensory cells in the cochlea and transmit the message via the nerve fibres to the area of the brain in charge of processing and interpreting what we hear.
 
 

What are some of the signs of hearing loss?

  • Ringing or buzzing sounds in the ear(s)
  • Asking people to repeat themselves: their voices are either too soft and/or they seem to ‘mumble’
  • Difficulty hearing from a distance
  • Television volume needs to be louder
  • Difficulty following conversation in groups and noisy settings
  • Family and friends have commented on inability to hear

What are the different types of hearing loss?

Hearing loss results when any part of the auditory pathway becomes compromised. CONDUCTIVE hearing loss occurs due to conditions of the outer or middle ear (ex: wax, pressure, ear infection), and is often treatable through surgery or medications. SENSORINEURAL hearing loss occurs due to conditions of the inner ear or neural auditory pathway (ex: aging, noise exposure). MIXED hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
 

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In just a few minutes we can give you an idea of how well you're hearing. You need headphones for this test. Please be aware that this test is not a diagnostic clinical hearing evaluation and is not designed to replace a professional hearing test.
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Ever wonder how your loved one hears through his or her hearing loss? Click on this link to find out. This may be an eye-opener and can help you understand some of the challenges he or she is experiencing on a daily basis.

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