The most common type of hearing loss is known as Sensorineural Hearing Loss or SNHL. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when the inner ear (cochlea) or nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain are damaged. It is usually caused by exposure to loud noises or aging and on rare occassions can be repaired surgically. In a vast majority of cases, however, the only way to treat SNHL is to find a device that will enhance the ear's remaining hearing capacity. This involves amplifying the ear's existing ability to hear, which is what hearing aids are created to do.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Our ears are extraordinary organs. They pick up all the sounds around us and then translate this information into a form our brain can understand. One of the most remarkable things about this process is that it is completely mechanical. Our sense of smell, taste and vision all involve chemical reactions, but our hearing system is based solely on physical movement.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Research conducted by the National Council on Aging has discovered that the treatment of hearing loss improves intimacy in relationships, ease of communication among peers, and participation in group social activities. Dr. Sergei Kochkin states, "People with hearing loss delay a decision to get hearing help because they are unaware of the fact that receiving early treatment for hearing loss has the potential to literally transform their lives."