Hearing Loss Specialist

Beach Cities Hearing Solutions

Audiologists located in Torrance, CA

Hearing loss can be frustrating, socially isolating, and even dangerous. The fact that you might be losing your hearing may be hard to admit, but there’s no shame in seeking help if your hearing loss is interfering with daily activities or relationships. Jonathan Leiterman, ScD, and the caring, experienced team at Beach Cities Hearing Solutions perform comprehensive hearing tests to provide an accurate diagnosis and offers a range of treatment options for many types of hearing loss. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Torrance, California, today, or make an appointment online.

Hearing Loss Q & A

What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss can have many causes, and the cause determines the type of hearing loss. There are three main types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there’s a problem with your outer or middle ear that prevents sound from reaching your inner ear. Causes of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Fluid accumulation due to colds
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Benign tumors
  • Impacted earwax
  • Foreign body in the ear
  • Otosclerosis (abnormal bone growths in the middle ear)
  • Structural issues of the outer ear, ear canal, eardrum, or the bones and tissue of the middle ear

Sensorineural hearing loss, also called nerve-related hearing loss, is a condition of the inner ear. It is typically caused by damage to the inner ear that interferes with the nerve pathways from your inner ear to your brain. Some conditions that can cause sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Trauma to the head
  • Ménière's disease
  • Viruses, autoimmune conditions, and other illnesses
  • Malformation of the structures of the inner ear
  • Tumors
  • Genetic factors
  • Aging (presbycusis)

Mixed hearing loss, as the name implies, refers to hearing loss that is both conductive and sensorineural in nature.

What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

If other people have told you that you often miss what they’ve said, that you watch TV with the volume too high, or that you mumble when you speak, it could indicate that you have some degree of hearing loss. Some other common signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficulty hearing on the phone
  • Difficulty following conversations in groups
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Dizziness
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing or rushing sounds in the ears

If you have signs of hearing loss, a comprehensive hearing test can give you the information you need to restore your ability to hear and participate in social activities.

How is hearing loss treated?

After your skilled audiologist has determined the type and degree of your hearing loss, they discuss all possible treatment options with you in detail. Depending on the cause of your hearing loss, your audiologist may recommend:

  • Corticosteroid therapy
  • Ear tubes
  • Ear surgery
  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes

Hearing loss can be stressful and isolating, but treatment can be very effective. To schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member, call Beach Cities Hearing Solutions today, or book online.