From audiogram to tinnitus, find all the terms commonly used for hearing loss and hearing aid technology. Throughout your hearing loss journey, you’re likely to come across new and unfamiliar terms related to hearing loss and hearing impairment. Understanding both the meaning of these terms and how they relate to your health is crucial—it’ll help you have productive conversations with your care team and become an advocate for yourself and others. Explore these important terms and resources:
A wide variety of health conditions related to your ears can cause hearing loss. Learn more about types of hearing problems and the causes of hearing loss.
A disorder that makes it difficult for the brain to interpret auditory information, potentially interfering with speech as well as hearing. This disorder influences brain function, and can affect cognitive function, creating a greater risk of developing dementia.
As you learn more on your hearing health journey, there will be a lot of terms that you’ll see and hear often. Whether they come up in conversations with your hearing care team or as you do more research on your own, it’s helpful to be familiar with their meanings.
Hereditary hearing loss is caused by a mutation or absence of genes that affect the way the hearing structures of the ear are physically formed or function.
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Your ears are made up of numerous bones, passages, structures and nerves that facilitate hearing and link them to the rest of your body. Learn more about the anatomy of the ear and how they work together to make hearing happen.
Second of three ossicles (see Ossicles, below) which bridges the gap between the malleus and stapes bones in the middle ear, and transfers sound vibrations between the two bones.
When you’re experiencing changes in your hearing, it’s only natural to look for any and all kinds of hearing loss help. Luckily, there are plenty of hearing loss treatment options available to help you. Get to know the definitions for these terms and hearing device acronyms and ask your hearing care specialist about how they can help enhance your ability to hear and protect your hearing health.
Surgically-implanted hearing devices that utilizes an electrode array to support the function of the cochlea. This solution targets the auditory nerve directly and is for people who have severe to profound hearing loss.
At Miracle-Ear the journey to better hearing health often starts with a simple, complimentary hearing test. You can take one online to get started and follow it up with an appointment with a hearing care professional at your local Miracle-Ear. While most people wait years to treat their hearing loss, getting started early has lasting benefits for your hearing, mental and physical health.
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