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Is a Hearing Device Helpful for Moderate Sensory Hearing Loss?

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Many people will experience hearing loss as they go through life. If you ever experience this, then you’ll want to know what treatments are available. For the most part, hearing devices such as hearing aids are used to treat hearing loss. 

However, the exact treatment will depend on your hearing loss. Sensory hearing loss is deemed the most common by audiologists, so will a hearing device be helpful for people with it? 

More to the point, what if you’re experiencing moderate hearing loss? Can you still get treatment? Will a hearing aid be useful? In today’s article, we’re going to cover all of these points to help you understand whether or not you need a hearing device for moderate sensory hearing loss.

What is sensory hearing loss?

Sensory hearing loss is the common term for sensorineural hearing loss. This relates to any hearing loss that’s experienced due to issues in the inner ear. 

Everyone has a series of tiny hair cells that live inside your ears. These are called stereocilia, and they help you receive sounds and hear things. There are also nerve pathways that connect the inner ear to the brain, and this sends signals to the brain, which basically helps you hear correctly. 

With sensory hearing loss, you will usually experience damage to either of these things. They no longer work as properly as they should, which causes hearing loss. 

How do you treat sensory hearing loss?

Usually, most people experience sensory hearing loss because of one of the following things:

  • Aging: As you get older, the sensory hair cells in your ears will become more and more damaged. This gradually affects your hearing and leads to hearing loss.
  • Trauma: Some people get sensory hearing loss because they have received trauma to the head or ear. 
  • Noise: Exposure to loud noises – consistently – can damage the tiny hair cells in your ear and lead to hearing loss. 
  • Diseases and medical conditions: Many diseases or conditions – like measles and meningitis – can cause sensory hearing loss. Not only that, but some drugs used to treat medical conditions may cause it. 

Consequently, treating this type of hearing loss can follow a couple of different paths. Firstly, if your sensory hearing loss is sudden and brought on by a medical condition, then treating that condition can cause it to go away. 

But, for the most part, all other sensory hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids. 

How do hearing aids treat sensory hearing loss?

Hearing devices will basically amplify the sound vibrations that enter your ear. Even though your hair cells are damaged, there will still be some in the inner ear. They can pick up on these large vibrations with more ease, which lets them send signals to the brain, meaning you start to hear things more clearly. 

If you talk to your audiologist, they can provide further details on the science behind how your ears work and how signals are transmitted. Mostly, all you need to know is that your tiny hair cells are damaged with sensory hearing loss, so they struggle to pick up regular vibrations. Hearing aids correct this by amplifying the vibrations and making them easier to feel. 

Should you get a hearing device for moderate sensory hearing loss?

Absolutely! It’s common for individuals to avoid getting hearing aids if they feel like their hearing loss isn’t severe. Moderate sensory hearing loss means you still have tiny hair cells that are alive and well in your ears. Using a hearing aid won’t just make it easier for you to hear, but it can also protect the existing sensory cells in your ears. This won’t reverse the hearing loss you have, but it can definitely slow things down and stop your hearing from deteriorating quickly. 

Furthermore, if you wait too long before getting hearing aids, then the chances are they might not be effective. The worse your hearing loss is, the more amplification the hearing aids need. Eventually, there’s a point where you physically can’t get enough amplification for your sensory cells to pick up the vibrations. 

A hearing device is helpful for moderate sensory hearing loss. The only time you won’t need one is if your sensory hearing loss is caused by a disease or infection that you can treat separately. 

Contact us for hearing aid help

Are you looking for help with hearing aids and hearing loss? Listen Hear Diagnostics can offer a range of services that will enable you to treat your hearing loss and get the best devices for your condition. Call us at 347-450-9872, and we can tell you more about our services and get you booked in with an experienced audiologist.