Unlike your eyes, you cannot shut your ears off. We are always hearing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is both a good and bad thing.
It is good because it allows us to hear the world, and know what is going on around us, even if we cannot see it. It is bad because we hear EVERYTHING!
Even things we don’t want to hear!
Hearing orients us when we cross the road to let us know which way a car is coming from and locates a friend calling our name in a crowd.
The two most common causes of hearing loss are noise exposure and genetics.
Most causes of hearing loss have something to do with the bending, breaking, or over exertion of the tiny hair cells in the inner ear.
Do you find yourself asking for people to repeat themselves in conversation? Or find that women and children mumble all of the time? Or have you turned the volume on the tv up and up and up and was told it was too loud?
If you answered yes, than you may have some degree of hearing loss, and we have the solution to your problems!
Testing you hearing at Dagan MD’s NYC Hearing and balance means assessing your ear from A to Z. We make sure if you are exposed to sounds that are damaging to make recommendations for hearing preservation, filtered ear plugs, customized solutions to actively protect your hearing while letting you enjoy the natural sounds of the environment around you.
We take the time to understand the cause of the hearing loss, if one can be identified and then tailor the right solution to make you hear normally again.
The stigma of days of old regarding hearing aids being clunky, noticeable and obvious has been changed by emerging technologies, miniaturization of sophisticated processors that have allowed hearing aid manufacturers to come out with hearing instruments that are so tiny, they will fit deep in the ear canal without even your primary care doctor noticing you have anything in there, unless they take a deep look in your ear. Even the hearing aids that are worn behind the ear look like bluetooth wireless headsets and come in a variety of colors and patterns that make amplifying your hearing fun and exciting.
Hearing loss may be due to a problem with the conduction of sound into your ear, which takes place through your ear canal, the ear drum and the little bones inside the middle ear. This type of hearing loss is called conductive hearing loss. It may be caused by an obstruction of the ear canal by ear wax, an outer ear infection or a foreign body, a hole in the ear drum, a middle ear infection, cholesteatoma or otosclerosis. To read about any of these topics, just click on the underlined links.
Other types of hearing loss may be caused by damage to the inner ear or the nerves that bring sound to the brain. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss may occur suddenly, also called sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This is one of the few emergencies in the audiology field because treatment must be given very soon after the onset of the hearing loss to improve the chance of recovery. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be caused by exposure to environmental or industrial sounds and noise such as work in loud environments, exposure to subway and train traffic repeatedly and listening to your music player device too loudly. Other people develop sensorineural hearing loss at birth or acquire it later in life from the aging process, these type of sensorineural hearing loss are also called genetic hearing loss and presbyacusis (old age related hearing loss).