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Hearing Resources: Learning about Hearing Loss, Tinnitus and More

When it comes to hearing loss, knowledge is power! When you understand your hearing loss, you stand a better chance of preventing it or treating it with hearing aids. On this page, find information about issues related to hearing loss and hearing aids. If you’d like to learn more, contact Hearing Care Clinic in Edmonton to book an appointment.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a common condition in which an individual has the sensation of hearing sound when no external stimulus is present. Typically, this is described as a ringing in the ears, and others hear it as a buzzing, roaring, hissing or clicking. Tinnitus can be caused by age, exposure to loud noises, earwax buildup, head/neck injuries, certain diseases, or changes to the ear bone. It doesn’t require treatment unless it becomes greatly bothersome. Treatments include noise maskers, anxiety avoidance and certain medications.


If you’re coming to Hearing Care Clinic for tinnitus, please fill out our Tinnitus Intake Form and our Tinnitus Handicap Inventory questionnaire.

Types of Hearing Loss

Every individual’s experience of hearing loss is unique. There are a number of types of hearing loss. These include:

  • Conductive Hearing Loss
    • A problem with the way you conduct sound to the inner ear
    • Sounds are muffled or quiet
    • Can be caused by ear infections, earwax, problems with middle ear bones, or a perforated eardrum
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
    • A problem with your inner ear’s sensory receptors, resulting from abnormality/damage to hairs
    • Muffled speech, tinnitus, difficulty hearing with background noise
    • Caused by congenital issues, damage to hairs, or aging
  • Mixed Hearing Loss
    • An individual with both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss
  • Neural Hearing Loss
    • When the nerve that carries stimulus from the ear to the brain malfunctions
    • Causes include genetics, prenatal/infancy issues or tumours

Levels of Hearing Loss

In 1981, an article from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defined the levels of hearing loss (HL) as follows:

  • Normal
    • –10 to 15 dB HL
  • Slight
    • 16 to 25 dB HL
  • Mild
    • 26 to 40 dB HL
  • Moderate
    • 41 to 55 dB HL
  • Moderately Severe
    • 56 to 70 dB HL
  • Severe
    • 71 to 90 dB HL
  • Profound
    • 91+ dB HL

Do I Have Hearing Loss?

Read over the following yes/no questions. If you answer yes to 1 or more of these questions, we recommend a hearing evaluation.

  • Do you find it difficult to hear people on the phone?
  • Do you struggle to understand a conversation with 2 or more people talking?
  • Do others complain that you turn up the volume on the TV or stereo too high?
  • Do you find it difficult to follow conversations, particularly when there’s background noise (like at a party)?
  • Do you miss hearing the ring of your phone, doorbell or alarm?
  • Do you find it difficult to locate the source of noises?
  • Do you misunderstand people and ask them to repeat what they said?
  • Do you find it particularly difficult to understand women and children?
  • Have you worked in a noisy environment (like a worksite or factory)?
  • Do people mumble when they talk?
  • Do you misunderstand what people say and make inappropriate responses?
  • Do you avoid social activities because you can’t hear well?

Types of Hearing Aids

Click here for more information about the types of hearing aids that are available.

What to Expect from Hearing Aids

Your individual experience with hearing aids will depend on the extent of your hearing loss, the type of hearing loss you have, and other personal factors. To learn more, contact us to schedule an evaluation.

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Information

Hearing Care Clinic

184A Londonderry Mall

Edmonton, AB Canada

T5C 3C8

Phone: 780‑413‑8833

Fax: 780‑406‑5360

Email: hcca@shaw.ca

Hours

Sunday Closed

Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Saturday Closed

Appointments and Drop-In Available
Emergency Appointments Available

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