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Understanding Hearing Loss: A Comprehensive Guide by Buchanan Audiologists

In today's fast-paced world, we often overlook an essential aspect of our well-being—our hearing health. While it may not garner as much attention as other health concerns, hearing loss can profoundly affect one's quality of life. As experts in the field, Buchanan Audiologists are committed to demystifying this often misunderstood condition.

What is Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a decrease in the ability to perceive sounds. It can occur suddenly or gradually, affecting one or both ears. Contrary to popular belief, hearing loss isn't just an issue among the elderly; it can affect people of all ages. The World Health Organization estimates that over 5% of the world's population has disabling hearing loss, making it a significant global health issue.

Types of Hearing Loss

  1. Conductive Hearing Loss: This form occurs when there's a blockage or damage in the ear canal, eardrum, or middle ear, affecting the conduction of sound. Conditions like ear infections, fluid in the ear, or even excessive earwax can cause conductive hearing loss.
  2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This type is a result of problems with the inner ear or auditory nerve and is often permanent. Causes can include age, exposure to loud noise, and certain medical conditions like diabetes.
  3. Mixed Hearing Loss: As the name suggests, this is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Symptoms to Look Out For

Causes and Risk Factors

Age: Hearing ability generally decreases with age.

Noise Exposure: Long-term exposure to loud noises, particularly common in certain occupations, can cause permanent damage.

Genetics: Family history can play a role.

Medical Conditions: Diseases like diabetes and hypertension can affect hearing.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect you have hearing loss, the first step is to consult a qualified audiologist for an assessment. Diagnostic tests may include audiograms and tympanograms among others. Once diagnosed, treatment can range from medication and surgery for conductive hearing loss to hearing aids or cochlear implants for sensorineural types.

The Importance of Early Intervention

Early diagnosis and treatment can mitigate the impact of hearing loss on your life. Delaying treatment can not only strain your relationships but also contribute to other health problems like depression and cognitive decline.


Hearing loss is more than just a minor inconvenience; it's a health issue that requires prompt attention and professional care. By understanding its symptoms, causes, and treatment options, you're better equipped to address this condition should it affect you or your loved ones. Buchanan Audiologists are here to guide you through every step of your hearing health journey, providing comprehensive care that you can trust.

Book your consultation today to take control of your hearing health. Book now on 01634 757045.