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Hearing Loss

There are three different main forms of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. Each type affects a different section of the ear.


Conductive hearing loss takes place in the outer ear and is caused by a physical blockage that prevents sound from reaching your eardrum. Some of the most common causes of conductive hearing loss are ear infection, compacted earwax, allergies, and head injury.

Some cases of conductive hearing loss are treatable by having a hearing health professional remove the blockage or your primary care physician prescribe medication to cure an infection or manage allergies. Other cases may require a hearing device to help improve damaged hearing.


Sensorineural hearing loss accounts for 90% of all hearing loss. It’s when there’s damage to the cochlea or nerves in the inner ear. Sensorineural hearing loss often makes speech sound muffled and difficult to understand. It can often be caused by exposure to loud noises, aging, viruses, or diseases.

Unfortunately, sensorineural hearing loss is not reversible; it can only be managed through hearing devices.


Someone with both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss are considered to have mixed hearing loss. In these cases, it’s best to first treat the conductive hearing loss so that the sensorineural hearing loss can be better managed.

Regardless of which form of hearing loss a patient may have, the first step to recovery is the same. Schedule a hearing evaluation to begin your journey to improved hearing health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much do hearing aids cost?

A. Hearing aids can cost as low as $1,000 and can go up to $6,000 for a pair. Beginning with your specific hearing loss, we’ll work with you to review the different options available. Patient satisfaction is our number one goal. We believe in transparency and will make sure you understand the different levels of performance and how each one will help you hear better.


Q. Why are hearing aids so expensive?

A. There are many different factors that can account for the cost of a hearing aid. Technology, durability and reliability, research and development costs, manufacturing costs, warranty costs, and professional costs are a few things that can determine the price of a hearing aid. When looking into purchasing quality hearings aids, be sure to ask your hearing professional what you are paying for and what is included with your purchase.


Q. Does insurance cover hearing aids?

A. In most cases, insurance will cover the cost of a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Although most insurance providers do not offer any coverage for hearing aids, some may and we’d be happy to look into it for you. Just give us a call!


Q. Will I hear like normal with hearing aids?

A. Hearing aids will be able to help most people with hearing difficulties; however, your hearing will never be perfect again. Depending on the technology you choose, you will be able to hear in different situations, sometimes picking up things a person with normal hearing might not catch.


Q. How long do hearing aid batteries last?

A. Depending on the hearing aid you choose, there are three different types of battery options: a size 10 battery, a size 312 battery, and a size 13 battery. Batteries can be affected by the accessories you choose to pair with your devices. Typically, any of the three battery types will last 70+ hours. We also offer options for rechargeable batteries.

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