Types of Hearing Loss

Types of Hearing Loss NewHearing loss affects men, women and children of all ages and walks of life. There are three classifications of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural and mixed. Each type of hearing loss has unique symptoms, causes and treatment options. Let’s explore all three types.

Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss occurs when the outer or middle section of the ear prevents sound from being transferred to the inner ear. The most common causes of conductive hearing loss are:

Symptoms of Hearing Loss

symptoms of hearing lossMore than 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss. Some know they have a hearing loss and seek treatment (about 1% of this population), but most do nothing. Hearing loss affects people of all ages, genders, and races – and it can slowly creep into your life over time. At Universal Hearing Care, we want to make sure that you are aware of some of the signs of hearing loss in order to help yourself, or a loved one, should a hearing loss be present.

Take a moment to review the symptoms of hearing loss below to see if it’s time to schedule a hearing screening:

How Tinnitus Impacts Daily Life

Tinnitus – or ringing in the ears – is a diverse condition that can manifest in many forms. It can be acute or chronic, tonal or pulsatile, constant or irregular. While some people perceive tinnitus as a mild distraction, millions of Americans struggle with severe cases that negatively impact their daily lives.

If you suffer from tinnitus, schedule an appointment at Universal Hearing Care in Tarzana, CA, send us a message or call us at  818.345.3200. Our audiologists in the San Fernando Valley can help with your overall hearing health and discuss how we may help to relieve your tinnitus symptoms. Read on to find out how.

The audiologists at Universal Hearing Care in Tarzana, CA, believe that when a loved one has hearing loss, it affects the entire family. Communication is a two-way street – both the listener with hearing loss, and his or her communication partner, can take steps to lessen conversational difficulties.

The Better Hearing Institute has compiled a list of 5 common strategies for both the listener and the communication partner that might significantly reduce misunderstandings:

1. Don’t try to hide your hearing loss

Listener: Acknowledge your hearing difficulties so that speakers are more like to speak clearly when addressing you, and look directly at you when talking. When your conversation partner knows that you have hearing loss, there will be fewer misunderstandings.

Communication Partner: When conversing with a loved one who wears hearing aids, don’t exaggerate your mouth movements or shout. Speak clearly, and pause between phrases to give the listener time to process what you’re saying.

Oticon has introduced its newest, most innovative hearing aid – the Oticon Opn. This device is a “BrainHearing” solution that actually makes listening easier on the brain. The Opn hearing aid “opens” up a whole new direction in hearing technology. Universal Hearing Care proudly offers this exciting new device to our clients in the San Fernando Valley area. Contact us today or call 818.345.3200 to schedule a consultation with one of the audiologists at our Tarzana office.

4 Reasons Opn is a Life-Changing Hearing Aid

Summer Activities sizedExposure to loud noise can cause hearing loss that often takes the form of tinnitus - temporary or permanent.

Tinnitus is described as "buzzing, whistling, whining, or screeching noise in the head or ears that varies in intensity and can be intermittent or constant". The degree of loudness and even the type of sound is particular to each person. Some tinnitus sufferers describe the noise as being as piercing and sharp, such as the signal used in the emergency broadcast system.


Fotolia 129087144 Subscription Monthly XLFor many with hearing loss, hearing aids have become an essential part of a healthy lifestyle by bringing back sound. Studies show that healthy hearing reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive decline.

A twenty-five-year study at the University of Bordeaux, France showed hearing aids helped preserve cognitive abilities. In fact, the study found people with hearing loss who used hearing aids were no more likely to suffer cognitive decline than those without hearing loss.

The study also looked at people with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids. The results, which echoed prior studies, showed a marked cognitive decline in people with a hearing loss who went unaided.