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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Hearing Work?

Sound travels through the air in waves resulting in a series of vibrations within the ear. This information travels to the brain and the brain then interprets those signals into meaningful sounds such as speech.

Adults: What Are the Signs & Types of Hearing Loss?

Signs of a Hearing Loss:

Difficulty understanding speech especially when noise is present.

Asking others to repeat.

Difficulty hearing on the telephone.

Difficulty hearing softer voices.

Types of Hearing Loss:

Conductive Hearing Loss
Usually associated with a medical condition, it is a problem associated with the middle or outer ear.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Most common type of hearing loss. It is associated with damage to the inner ear or the pathways from the inner ear to the brain.

Mixed Hearing Loss
A combination of both Conductive and Sensorineural hearing loss.

Children: How Do I Identifying Hearing Loss?

For children hearing is essential for speech development, learning, and developing social skills. Delayed speech can be a sign of hearing loss. Unresponsiveness, a preference for turning up the volume on the TV, constantly asking for repetition, or being easily distracted are also signs of hearing loss in children.

Early diagnosis of hearing loss is the key to developing speech and language normally and for avoiding significant delays in learning. Review our Hearing Development Chart.

What Can I Expect At My Hearing Evaluation?

In a soundproof booth, your Audiologist will visually inspect your ears with an Otoscope. With earphones on, you will be asked to repeat words and alert your Audiologist when you hear a beep in each ear. Further testing may be completed outside the booth where a small probe is placed in your ear. You will feel a slight pressure change. Learn more.

Young children and disabled adults are tested differently. Learn more.

How Do I Clean My Ears?

We always recommend that a medical professional should clean your ears.

Why Are My Ears Ringing?

Typically noises in the ear, or tinnitus, are a side effect of hearing loss. This problem could be due to age-related hearing loss, congenital hearing loss, diseases of the ear, noise exposure, or certain medications. If you are experiencing ringing after exposure to loud sounds, this is a warning sign that you are damaging your hearing and should be using hearing protection in that environment. Most cases of tinnitus are benign.

If your tinnitus has changed in any way, i.e., becomes louder, more pronounced in one ear or more frequent, or the tone changes, you should have your hearing evaluated or consult your physician.
Read more about tinnitus.

Factors That Can Make Tinnitus Worse:



Certain Medications
(check with your physician)



Recommended Links

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The Better Hearing Institute

Hearing Loss Association of America

Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

National Association of the Deaf

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The mission of Constance Brown Hearing Centers is to impact lives through comprehensive hearing care provided by experts with advanced degrees in audiology.

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