Hearing Library

The Ear

The ear is comprised of three main sections, including the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. The Outer Ear The outer ear consists of the pinna (the portion that can be seen), the ear canal, and the tympanic membrane (eardrum). The pinna is comprised mostly of cartilage and functions to funnel sounds down into … Continue reading 

Hearing Loss

Types of hearing loss: Conductive Hearing Loss This condition is often the result of an obstruction or blockage of the outer or middle ear. Common causes include cerumen buildup, infection or fluid in the middle ear, or abnormal bony growth around the middle ear bones. In some cases, a conductive hearing loss can be treated … Continue reading 

Degree of Hearing Loss

The degree of hearing loss varies from person to person and there are several degrees of hearing loss, including mild, moderate, severe, and profound. When someone has a mild hearing loss, he/she typically presents with difficulties hearing in background noise. Someone with a moderate hearing loss, on the other hand, presents with some difficulties hearing … Continue reading 

Warning Signs of Hearing Loss

The most common warning signs of hearing loss include: speaking louder than necessary in a conversation; constantly asking for words to be repeated; straining to hear; misunderstanding conversations; favouring one ear; thinking that people always mumble; turning the television or radio up louder than usual; having difficulty hearing on the telephone; withdrawing from social contact; … Continue reading 

Cerumen (Earwax): What is it and how do I Manage it?

The production of earwax is normal and an important biological occurrence. Earwax is a brown-yellowish sticky substance that functions to protect the tissues of the ear canal and the tympanic membrane from dirt and foreign particles. The amount of earwax production is variable and can increase as you age. When a significant amount of ear … Continue reading