Hearing can be affected by numerous conditions. Our Physicians will utilize our diagnostic tools in order to futher understand what is contributing to issues that you may be experiencing with your hearing.
Hearing loss affects 48 Million Americans, or 20% of the population. Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in the U.S, behind only arthritis & heart disease.
Primary Causes of hearing trouble:
- Long-Term exposure to loud noises
- Diseases of the Inner Ear: such as ear infections or meningitis
There are three main types of Hearing Loss; Conductive Hearing Loss, Sensorineural Hearing loss or a combination (mixed) hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem with the outer or middle ear. This problem can often be medically or surgically treated. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs in the inner ear or the auditory nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Exposure to loud noises, illness, or natural aging are common causes of this type of hearing loss. While this type of hearing loss is usually permanent, it can often be treated with the use of hearing aids. Mixed hearing loss occurs when the same ear experiences both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. To treat this condition, the conductive hearing loss is addressed first with medical or surgical intervention, and then the sensorineural hearing loss is treated.
Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. 65% of those who suffer from heraing loss are younger than 65; six million are between the ages of 18 and 44. While anyone of any age can experience hearing loss, it is more common in older individuals. One out of every three people aged 65 to 74 experiences hearing loss and one out of every two people over the age of 75 is affected.
Take this short quiz below to see if you may be experiencing some form of hearing loss.
In a recent Johns Hopkins University study, researchers are expecting the number of adults with hearing loss to double by 2060. The researchers found that the number of adults in the United States 20 years or older with hearing loss is expected to gradually increase from 44 million in 2020 (15% of adults) to 74 million by 2060 (23% of adults). This increase is greatest among older adults: In 2020, 55% of all adults with hearing loss will be 70 years or older; in 2060, that statistic will be 67%.1
At FYZICAL Health we offer diagnostic testing to assist with understanding the reason(s) you or your loved one is having trouble with your hearing. Often, when we can not hear properly we start to isolate ourselves from social situations. Even with a mild hearing loss, it can feel like you have 'blinders' on and can only focus on a small part of a conversation. FYZICAL Health is here to help you get your life back!
Below you can find an example of an Audiogram, or Hearing Test. Your physician at FYZICAL Health will help interpret the exam that you have in our office and will create a treatment plan for you or your loved ones.
Not everyone is a candidate, but your physician may recommend a Hearing Aid Evaluation with our Audiologist, Dr. Amy Abbott, Au.D.
Click here to learn more about Hearing Aids.
Video Nystagmography (VNG)
A pair of video goggles (like a scuba diving mask) will be placed on you. The goggles contain a camera that will focus in on the pupil of your eyes. You will be asked to perform some tracking exercises by following a laser dot as it moves in different directions. You will also be placed in various positions to see if we can elicit your dizziness symptoms. If we can cause a reaction from your balance system, the cameras in the goggles will pick up a beating movement from your eyes (nystagmus). Depending on which position you are in at the time we will be better able to determine where your symptoms are coming from.
The final phase of testing is when you will have a cool and warm temperature of air put in your ears. The purpose of this is to directly stimulate your balance systems to see how strongly they are functioning. We then compare each balance system to each other to see if you have a weakness on one side. You can relate this to a double prop airplane where one propeller is spinning normally and the other on is not so you have to compensate for the poorer side. Some people feel a little lightheaded or dizzy when we do this portion of the test; some people don’t feel anything. If you feel something, it is alright because it’s something we are causing to happen. In RARE instanced, some people get quite dizzy and may experience nausea. If this happens to you the symptoms usually subside within a few minutes because it is something we are artificially causing.