Hearing Aids

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90 Market Street, Suite 70
Lebanon, OR 97355

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Understanding Hearing Loss and What Causes It

Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with one or more parts of the ear. Hearing loss is not like listening to sounds with the volume turned down. Instead, certain sounds or tones are more difficult to hear than others.

Types & Causes of Hearing Loss

Causes of hearing loss

Hearing loss happens when one or more parts of the ear doesn't work properly. Hearing loss is not just things being not loud enough. Instead, some sounds or tones are harder to hear than others. For example, you can hear speech, but can't understand it because some speech frequencies are more difficult for you to hear.

Some causes of hearing loss are:

Aging

Hearing loss is a natural part of aging. Between the ages of 30 to 40, the hair cells in the inner ear begin to die. By the age of 60 to 65, about a third of the population has a significant enough hearing loss that it affects their ability to hear everyday sounds, such as speech. Hearing loss can range from having difficulty hearing soft sounds or understanding speech to being completely deaf..

Exposure to noise

Exposure to noise that can damage your hearing happens at home, in recreational activities, and at the workplace. Workers in some occupations spend a large part of their work day exposed to prolonged high levels of noise. It doesn't matter much whether you enjoy the loud sounds or not. It can still be damaging.

Other causes

  • Disease
  • Ear infections
  • Certain medications
  • Heredity or physical injury can also play a role in causing hearing loss

Most people with hearing loss can improve significantly their ability to hear and their quality of life with the use of hearing aids.

We are a premiere provider and servicer of Hearing Aids. Folks come to us from all over Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, due to our genuine love and concern for people who have difficulties with one of life's most precious sensory gifts -- hearing. Getting the right hearing instruments set up the right way for your individual needs is crucial for your success, and that's what we do. (And the very competitive prices help you to justify the trip.)