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Lunch and Learn Series Hosted by Audiology and Hearing Aid Services

April 12, 2010

Hearing loss is one of the most common untreated health conditions in America that affects 25 to 30 million people in the United States of all ages. Hearing loss can become frustrating to you and your loved ones when unable to clearly understand conversation. Littleton Regional Hospital Audiology and Hearing Aid Services provide this information to assist those with hearing loss.

Common causes of hearing loss include: heredity - hearing loss can be passed on from generation to generation. For example: otosclerosis is a hereditary disease in which portions of the middle/inner ear develop bony sponges; diseases of the ear - such as ear infections that cause fluid to build up in the middle ear. Also hearing loss can result from the inner ear becoming inflamed. Trauma is another source of hearing loss that can be caused by Q-tips, hairpins or other objects being pushed too far down the canal or from explosions, and hits to the head. Hearing loss can also be caused by noise exposure including shooting ranges, motor sports, concerts, or use of CD and MP3 players. Occupational noise exposure - causes damage to the hair cells resulting in permanent hearing loss for exposure to power tools, industrial machinery, drilling and blasting are other causes of hearing loss. These are just some of the causes of hearing loss.

There are two main types of hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss results from permanent damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve. Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound waves are unable to reach the inner ear, earwax buildup, fluid or a punctured eardrum are some examples Treatments for hearing impairment include hearing aids, cochlear implants, medicine and surgery.

LRH Audiology and Hearing Aid Service Department offers quarterly Lunch and Learn workshops for anyone interested in learning more about hearing loss. The next Lunch and Learn Series will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Littleton Regional Hospital in the H. Taylor Caswell, Jr. Physicians' Office Building Conference Center from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. To register or to schedule an appointment for an audiological evaluation please contact the Littleton Regional Hospital Audiology and Hearing Aid Service Department at 603-259-7692 to meet with a certified audiologist.

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