Hearing Loss & Tinnitus Clinic
Think you have hearing loss?
Many people do not want to admit they can't hear as well as they used to and so they put off getting their hearing tested longer than they should. Living with undiagnosed hearing loss and not seeking help may lead people to living a life where they can't hear conversations, which may result in isolation from their loved ones.
We want to help people to hear the best they can. Hearing loss affects roughly half of all Canadians at some point in their lives. Some research has demonstrated that leaving hearing loss untreated may lead to an increased risk of cognitive decline, Alzheimer's or dementia. If you think you or a loved one has hearing loss, please book a hearing test at our clinics in Medicine Hat or Brooks, Alberta today.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Some symptoms of hearing loss can include:
Talking louder in conversations than you need to.
Frequently needing people to repeat themselves.
Misunderstanding words said to you.
Having people constantly ask you if you heard them.
Turning music or TV volume up louder than normal.
Withdrawing from conversations and interactions.
Speech and distinct sounds seem more faint, fuzzy or muddled.
Increased difficulty picking up consonants in conversations.
If any of those points sound like things you or someone else is experiencing, please should contact us today to book a hearing test with one of our hearing care professionals.
Types of Hearing Loss
There are two main types of hearing loss: Conductive and Sensorineural, which can occur independently or happen together.
Conductive hearing loss is when your ears and hearing mechanisms are no longer able to conduct sounds well enough to hear clearly. It is mostly caused by blockages in the canal, such as excessive earwax, fluids, or inflammation.
Sensorineural hearing loss happens when your inner ear or hearing nerves are damaged, usually because of natural aging or from infections, diseases, or other external causes.
Lastly, there is also tinnitus - a common hearing issue where you hear a constant noise in your ears that no one else can: ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring. Tinnitus can impede your ability to hear clearly, and is commonly accompanied by one of the above types of hearing loss.
Our hearing care professionals conduct hearing tests to diagnose the type or types of hearing problems you have so we can recommend the best solutions for you. Contact us today to book your appointment!