August 13, 2015

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The Canadian Hearing Institute has a dedicated team who are committed to the hearing needs of Ridgetown residents, and mitigating hearing loss. Our objective is to bring back the sounds of everyday life, and enable you to hear clearly.

Hearing Loss Types

Conductive Hearing Loss: If you experience a reduction in sound level or the ability to hear faint sounds, this could be conductive hearing loss. This occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and the tiny bones (ossicles) of the middle ear. Frequently conductive hearing can be corrected medically or with surgery.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss: When damage occurs to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain, sensorineural hearing loss or SNHL may result. Unfortunately, sensorineural hearing loss cannot typically be corrected by medical intervention. The most common type of permanent hearing loss experienced in Ridgetown is SNHL

The ability to hear faint sounds is reduced by SNHL, causing speech to be unclear or sound muffled even when it is loud enough to hear.

Mixed Hearing Loss: Damage to both the outer or middle ear, and the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve, can result in a combination of conductive hearing loss with a sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). The hearing loss, when this occurs, is referred to as a ‘mixed hearing loss’ condition.

Local to Ridgetown / encountering hearing loss?

Do you find yourself asking others to repeat themselves? Do you often need to turn up the TV or radio volume? Is there a noticeable change in what you can hear?

Hearing loss is often ignored because it happens so gradually. We have found that many of our Ridgetown clients were tolerating hearing loss without knowing it. When they stop interacting with family and friends, and withdraw from social situations, they often blame something else. Frequently it’s because they can’t understand what is being said. In order to assess the extent of your hearing capability, we provide complimentary hearing tests to residents of Ridgetown to determine the extent of hearing loss. When your hearing test has been evaluated, we can create an appropriate treatment plan for your needs, budget and lifestyle.

If you are local to Ridgetown and need a hearing test, please get in touch with our clinic to plan your hearing loss appointment without delay.

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