How Hearing Works
Sound travels through the outer ear canal before reaching the ear drum
Vibrations at the ear drum are conducted through a chain of tiny bones in the middle ear, then into the cochlea
The cochlea converts this energy into chemical signals that activate the nerve
These signals travel through the central auditory pathways, finally reaching the brain where sound is perceived
Types of hearing loss
There are different types of hearing loss, depending on the cause and location of the problem:
Conductive hearing loss - Anything affecting the conduction of sound through the outer and/or middle ear can potentially cause conductive hearing loss. These can include wax buildup and middle ear infections to name a couple. Conductive hearing loss can often be resolved through medical treatment.
Sensorineural hearing loss - by definition, this type of hearing loss arises at the level of the cochlea or auditory nerve, but it almost always involves a loss of hair cells in the cochlea. This type of hearing loss is permanent and may require a hearing aid or cochlear implant depending on the severity of the hearing loss.
Mixed hearing loss - a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
What to expect at Lindfield Audiology
When you choose Lindfield Audiology for your hearing test, you can be confident that your hearing health needs are being fully addressed by an experienced, university-trained Audiologist. You can also be confident that your overall hearing ability and the function of each part of the ear is being measured using some of the most accurate and reliable diagnostic equipment available.
The results of your hearing test will be shared with you and explained in detail, and if further action is needed, all available options will be presented. If referral to another professional is necessary, we will provide you with any assistance you need in taking the next step.