Hearing Loss

We educate our patients about their hearing loss and provide them with expert solutions.

Hearing Loss

We educate our patients about their hearing loss and provide them with expert solutions.

What is Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is when your ability to hear is reduced due to damage to the middle/inner ear, age, infections, or another health condition. Hearing loss affects over 48 million Americans, and over 38 million go untreated. Your hearing is a key factor in how you communicate and experience the world. Hearing requires the inner ear and brain to function properly in order to correctly interpret the sounds you hear. Hearing loss can prevent crucial pieces of information from reaching the brain, leading to confusion and an inability to understand what is being said. The longer hearing loss is left untreated, the greater chance there is of your cognitive processing declining.

At Paragon Hearing Aid Center, we offer free hearing tests so we can exam your hearing and diagnose any types of hearing loss you may have. Being proactive about your hearing is the best way you can prevent hearing loss from affecting your brain health and overall well-being.

Hearing and Your Health

Your hearing is connected to your overall health. Sometimes hearing loss can be caused by an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. It’s important to visit your primary care physician regularly in order to keep your health in check. It’s also important to visit us at Paragon Hearing Aid Center for annual hearing checks. We can catch any signs of hearing loss early and help you to be proactive about your hearing health.

Hearing loss can do more than just affect your ability to hear. It can also affect your ability to effectively communicate. Hearing loss affects your ability to hear and process certain sounds and frequencies. When left untreated, eventually your brain will forget those certain sounds. This can lead to cognitive decline and even dementia. In order to be proactive about your hearing and your overall health it’s important to manage the signs of hearing loss early with hearing aids. With hearing aids, you will be able to clearly hear the sounds you have been missing, keeping your brain active and healthy. You will also be able to communicate with the people you love.

HOW DO WE HEAR?

To understand hearing loss, it’s important know how we hear. First, sounds enter our ears as sound waves, and hit the eardrum. This is the middle ear, and it transfers these vibrations to the inner ear using three tiny bones. There the small hair cells, known as cilia, pick up on the vibrations, turn them into electrical currents, and send them up the neural pathway to the brain for processing.

Diagram of the human ear

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be separated into three main categories: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. These are the most common types of hearing loss, affecting the most people.

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss and is typically the result of damage to the hair cells in the inner ear (the cochlea). When these hair cells – or nerves – are damaged or destroyed by repeated exposure to loud noise, hearing becomes difficult. Because hearing damage usually affects the highest frequencies first, loud-noise exposure can result in permanent high-frequency hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss is typically the result of an infection or blockage in the middle or outer ear. Middle ear infections can sometimes cause hearing difficult due to a fluid build-up. Build-up of earwax may create a blockage outside the eardrum. This type of hearing loss is usually reversible once the infection or blockage clears or can be corrected with surgery.

Mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Hearing may improve after the conductive portion of the hearing loss is resolved through treatment or surgery, but the sensorineural portion is usually permanent.

Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss often occurs gradually, over the course of a few years. It can be difficult to recognize the signs of hearing loss, especially if you have been missing certain sounds for some time. It’s important to make an appointment with us at the first signs of hearing loss in order to prevent losing any speech comprehension or from cognitive decline. Some of the most common signs of hearing loss include:

  • You often ask people to repeat themselves.
  • It seems as if the people in your life mumble.
  • You have a difficult time understanding people when there is background noise.
  • You feel tired after conversations.
  • You have a hard time hearing the speaker on the other end of the phone.
  • It’s difficult to hear the voices of women and children.

Office Locations

100 Leader Heights, Suite A2
York, PA 17403

1417 N. George St.
York, PA 17404

To give all of our clients the time and attention they deserve, please call for appointment availability at one of our four convenient locations. Saturday and Evening appointments available by request:

Monday-Friday: 9AM-4:30PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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Office Locations

10 W. Broadway
Red Lion, PA 17356 

141 Broadway, Suite 130
Hanover, PA 17331

To give all of our clients the time and attention they deserve, please call for appointment availability at one of our four convenient locations. Saturday and Evening appointments available by request:

Monday-Friday: 9AM-4:30PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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