We believe that every person should beneﬁt from the best hearing possible.
Hearing loss has many causes, symptoms and effects if left untreated. In fact, millions of Americans of all ages suffer unnecessarily from untreated hearing loss. By simply being on this page, you have made the critical first step to gather information for yourself or a loved one to begin the process of understanding the effects and treatments of hearing loss. Below are tutorials and patient success stories to help guide you in the process of determining if sounds are being missed and what can be done to reconnect to those sounds. The most important step is to meeting with our hearing professionals for a hearing evaluation and consultation by sending us your information on our Contact Us page. The consultation is free and in most cases the Complete Audiometric Evaluation is covered by most insurance polocies.
The Ear and How we Hear
Sound travels through the ear canal to the eardrum setting it into vibration. These vibrations are transferred to three very small bones (anvil, hammer and stirrup) in the middle ear. When the stirrup vibrates, it causes movement of the fluid in the inner ear which stimulates the cilia cells for hearing. Stimulation of these sensory cells generates an electrical signal that travels to the brain via the auditory nerve. This is how the ear functions.
Most hearing problems are caused by damage to the nerve cells. This type of hearing problem is commonly called "nerve deafness." There are many causes of nerve deafness. However, the most common causes are exposure to noise and the aging process. When the inner ear or auditory nerve is damaged, a weak, distorted and incomplete message is sent to the brain and understanding becomes difficult, if not impossible. Nerve deafness is not medically curable.
Early Detection is Important
Most hearing losses are due to nerve deafness, a condition that gradually gets worse over time. The first signs of a hearing loss are often subtle, straining to hear or blaming others for mumbling. Certain highpitched sounds ("F" and "S" for example), will become difficult to distinguish and you may notice that you can hear someone speaking but not understand what they're saying. The person developing a hearing loss may find it difficult to enjoy TV or to hear the telephone ring. Social situations may be avoided because it is more difficult to understand when two or more people are speaking, especially when background noise is present.
Nerve Deafness can be Helped
Although nerve deafness cannot be cured, it can be helped. Hearing help may be available for some people with nerve deafness. Early detection of the hearing loss is very important. If you or a loved one suspect nerve deafness, make an appointment for a hearing evaluation today. It is the first step toward better hearing and a more enjoyable life.
Important Information for the Hearing Impaired from Long Island Hearing
Long Island Hearing is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals who suffer from hearing impairment one patient at a time. We strive to help people with hearing loss enjoy the sounds, voices, people and conversations in their lives and take great pride in giving back the gift of hearing.
Symptoms of hearing loss may differ for each person with a hearing impairment. Sometimes it could be a simple wax blockage and removal to solve the problem. If not, there are many styles and types of hearing instruments to choose from if hearing instruments are an appropriate solution. Your hearing care professional can help you select the best device for your specific hearing needs. Individuals with hearing impairment may experience different results than described. In all cases where a hearing loss is suspected, we recommend early consultation with a hearing care professional specializing in hearing testing and hearing technology.