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Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, Balance Disorders, and sudden onset hearing loss

Hearing Loss

  • Conductive Hearing Loss - caused by problems in the outer and/or middle ear such as excessive wax build-up, ear infections (fluid), perforated eardrums.  Generally, conductive hearing loss is temporary and is usually medically treatable.
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss - commonly occurs as a result of natural aging, excessive exposure to loud noise, or hereditary factors. Typically, sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and may be managed with hearing aids or other assistive listening devices. 
  • Mixed Hearing Loss - a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.


Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external source generating the sound is present.  Tinnitus is often described as "ringing in the ears", but can also sound like hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, whistling, music, or clicking. Tinnitus affects about 17% of the population. Tinnitus is often related to hearing loss, noise exposure, neck injuries, jaw alignment issues, or a side effect of medication. However, in 40% of cases, the cause of tinnitus is unknown. Although there is often no cure for tinnitus, your audiologist can help you manage it as best as possible.

Balance Disorders

The vestibular (balance) system is located in the inner ear. Audiologists are able to perform tests to assess your balance system. Balance assessments are requested by physicians (Ear-Nose-Throat specialists) to help determine the cause of balance issues. This testing is always pre-scheduled and will not be performed without a physician (ENT) referral.

Sudden Onset Hearing Loss

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