Hearing Loss Explained

1 in 6 Adults Suffers from Hearing Loss

16% of adult Europeans suffers from a hearing loss significant enough to adversely affect their daily life.  Research shows that hearing loss affects more young people than ever before.

Hearing loss changes our everyday life

Even simple conversations can be very tiring for people with hearing loss. Following a few people talking at the same time requires intense effort. Active communication is difficult, which can quickly lead to you feeling isolated.

Hearing loss can have many causes. But in most cases, hearing loss can be addressed successfully.  Call us now to book your appointment  0161 491 1943.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be the result of damage to any one of these sections.

Causes in the outer ear (A)

Hearing Loss Causes in the Outer Ear
Outer ear problems include ear wax plugs and auditory canal infections.  Act quickly to avoid hearing damage, you can usually solve these problems very easily.



Causes in the middle ear (B)

Hearing Loss causes in the Middle EarMiddle ear most common problems include inflammation, fluid behind the eardrum, perforations of the eardrum and otosclerosis (a stiffening of the bones in the middle ear). Medication or surgery normally solves these, however if not, permanent hearing loss can normally be compensated with a hearing aid.





Causes in the inner ear (C)

Hearing Loss causes in the Inner Ear

Inner ear issues make up the majority of hearing issues, with the most common being the natural ageing process. But loud noise, taking some types of medication, or skull fractures can also have a negative influence on a person’s hearing ability. These influences damage the fine hair cells and affect the transmission of signals to the auditory nerves. Usually, inner ear hearing loss cannot be addressed medically. However, this type of hearing loss can be corrected with a hearing aid in most cases.





Hearing loss caused by an outer or middle ear defect is called conductive hearing loss. Damage to the inner ear, is called sensorineural hearing loss. If both types occur together, the condition is called mixed hearing loss.

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Northwest Hearing ManchesterAll our staff are highly skilled audiological practitioners who are trained in healthcare provision.  As we are registered with the Health Professions Council, we can accept self-referrals, or referrals direct from your GP or from Ear, Nose and Throat specialists across the UK.  Established for 25 years, we are part of the Harley Street Hearing Group, London's leading independent audiology clinics. So whether you want advice on hearing loss or protection call  0161 491 1943 or click here to email us.