Much like our eyesight, hearing is one of the most important senses. Keith Donaghy has two separate hearing centres, in Banbury and Witney, where an appointed audiologist provides Stow-on-the-Wold patients with hearing tests, advice on invisible hearing aids and, if required, simple procedures such as earwax removal. Preparing for life with sound loss, and becoming familiar with hearing aids, are what our two hearing centres are so often about.
The ears are extremely intricate and have three sections; the inner, the outer and the middle ear. Working together, these sections turn sound waves into electrical pulses and send them to the brain for interpretation. During hearing tests, we expect patients from Stow-on-the-Wold to hear at different frequencies based on damage to the hair cells.
Hearing loss is, essentially, a basic reduction in sound. In some cases, something as simple as a build-up of earwax causes the problem. This is easy to resolve with one or a combination of several different earwax removal treatments. In other cases, a hearing test could reveal damage to the ear. The audiologists at our hearing centres near Stow-on-the-Wold do everything possible to find solutions and never build business by pushing products.
When we have no choice but to recommend hearing aids, our patients receive access to a complete range of BTE, RIC and ITE designs including invisible hearing aids that do a little bit more than traditional products to allay the stigma of wearing a device. Our Banbury hearing centre (22 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold) and our Witney hearing centre (18 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold) both provide a full diagnosis of your current hearing condition.
While a hearing test might reveal a multitude of reasons for reduced sound perception, two different types spring up more often than most – conductive and sensorineural. Here, we look at both of these hearing loss causes in detail, and explain how our hearing centres approach them to restore sound for our valued visitors from the Stow-on-the-Wold area.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss occurs when a blockage obstructs the transfer of sound to the inner ear to cause an infection or a rupture. Sound is unlikely to disappear or distort completely but will almost definitely reduce. Typical reasons for conductive hearing loss include foreign objects in the ear canal, particularly with children, or an accumulation of earwax.
Our hearing centres specialise in earwax removal and minor corrective surgeries to remove foreign objects. These procedures are simple, take place on the day and our Stow-on-the-Wold patients usually return home as soon as the audiologist finishes the treatment.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
If a hearing test reveals sensorineural hearing loss, it is usually indicative of damage or destruction to sensory hair cells. Levels of hearing loss range from mild to acute and, unfortunately, sensorineural hearing loss is nearly always permanent. The two most common reasons for our Stow-on-the-Wold patients to suffer from this type of hearing loss are age, and continued exposure to noise (most often in loud working environments.
While we cannot restore natural hearing in the majority of cases, we can recommend a range of hearing aids which give visitors from the Stow-on-the-Wold area improved hearing and the chance to enjoy a happier lifestyle. This includes the sector’s most innovative invisible hearing aids, which fit discretely into the ear canal in a variety of different designs.
The road to a better life starts with a visit to one of our two hearing centres near Stow-on-the-Wold. Please contact your nearest practice using the details provided on our website and arrange a hearing test today. Please be aware that you may need to come back to us for an earwax removal treatment or to be fitted for one of our invisible hearing aids,