A common question that new people to Upstate Hearing Instruments regularly ask me is, “Are there any ways to cure a hearing loss?”

First of all, This is a Completely Normal Question.

Hearing loss isn’t often discussed publicly, and for that reason, people usually don’t have an in-depth knowledge of its causes or treatments. With this in mind, I’m going to review the two most commonly found forms of hearing loss and then discuss the excellent solutions that are available to you.

A Conductive Hearing Loss

A conductive hearing loss usually arises when there is something physically blocking the passage of sound to the receptors in your ear. This can come about for a number of reasons, and in most cases, solutions are available that can cure the problem completely.

A typical reason for a conductive hearing loss is wax build-up in your ear. Once diagnosed, our specialists can solve this by recommending an ear wax removal product or by referring you to your primary care physician who can remove the issue. Another cause is an infection in your middle ear, which is common among those who suffer from seasonal allergies or swim regularly, for example.

If our specialists find that you have an ear infection, they normally refer you to an ENT physician who can prescribe certain medications to treat your condition. A final cause could be that small growths or tiny bones in your ear are reducing the amount of sound passing through it.

Once again, if your specialist recognizes this issue, they’ll often recommend that you visit a specialist surgeon who can correctly treat this.

A Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is the other most common form of audiological impairment. This occurs when hair cells inside your ear that detect sounds become permanently damaged and stop functioning correctly. You might get this issue after witnessing very loud noises. But it’s also associated with aging and can be passed down from generation to generation.

Currently, there is no cure that can fully restore someone’s hearing following a sensorineural hearing loss. However, hearing technology has advanced rapidly over the last twenty years, and millions of Americans are now benefitting from this amazing solution. Many of our patients can’t believe the benefits that these small, discrete devices can offer them.

And with features like Bluetooth connectivity, they are finding it easy to stay in touch with their loved ones and catch up on their favorite movies during the pandemic. The first step needed to correctly diagnose a condition is to come for a comprehensive hearing assessment with one of our specialists. They’ll be able to give you guidance on the best way forward, as well as insights about the kinds of treatment that will work best for you.

If you have a concern about your hearing or know a loved one who does, don’t hesitate to call our specialists. We can take your call at any of our dedicated offices: (530) 243-7307 (Redding), (530) 529-3800 (Red Bluff), (530) 893-4327 (Chico), (530) 243-7307 (Susanville), or (530) 243-7307 (Weaverville).


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Joshua Fockler, HIS

Joshua has been a Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser for over 10 years. He has spent years training and managing other hearing aid dispensers through the licensing process. He also brings to our team years of experience performing Real-Ear Measurement verification and industry recognized validation methods. He believes that “all the good stuff” in life comes from relationships, and loves counseling his patients and their family members on realistic expectations and effective communication. Joshua works in our Redding and Susanville locations.