In general, there are three types of hearing loss. First is Conductive hearing loss, which involves the outer to middle ears. Then there is Sensorineural hearing loss, which involves the inner ear. Lastly there is Mixed hearing loss which involves a combination of both Conductive and Sensorineural loss. The most common contributing factors for hearing loss are natural aging and exposure to loud noises, as well as excessive earwax.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 5% of the world's population are dealing with hearing loss at any time. Sometimes it can be hard to know if you have hearing loss, or just how bad it is, or how it can affect your life.

Here are the most common symptoms that you or someone you know has hearing loss:

  • Conversation and noises you hear become muffled

  • You have difficulty following conversations, especially in crowds

  • You have particular trouble hearing consonants

  • You increasingly turn the volume up on TV or music

  • You withdraw from social interaction and environments

  • Your family and friends repeatedly ask if you heard them

  • You mishear similar sounding words more frequently

Here are the biggest causes and risk factors for hearing loss:​

  • Age-induced deterioration of your inner ear

  • Exposure to sudden but extremely loud noise (e.g., a gunshot close to your ear) or long-term exposure to loud noises (e.g., concerts, machinery, listening to music too loud, etc)

  • Genetic conditions that cause deterioration or damage to your ears

  • Infections, illnesses and other medical conditions that directly or indirectly damage your hearing structures

  • Some medications that can have temporary or permanent side effects that reduce your hearing

  • Trauma that physically damages your ears, such as a car accident or blow to your head

Book a hearing test today to find out if you have hearing loss!


Tinnitus is a hearing disorder where you hear noises in your head and/or ear that have no external source. The noise you might hear varies, but is most often characterized by a buzzing or high-pitch ringing. 

What are the symptoms of Tinnitus?

The most obvious symptom of tinnitus is a phantom noise or sound you hear that no one else can, including ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, humming.

The noise can be both constant or temporary, the volume can vary from moment to moment. If you find you hear any constant or semi-constant sound that no one else does, you should make an appointment to be tested for tinnitus.

What causes Tinnitus?

There are several potential causes or risk factors:

  • Aging and age-induced hearing loss

  • Exposure to loud noise without protection (music, fireworks, heavy machinery, gun fire, etc)

  • Excessive earwax

  • Injury or trauma to your head, neck or ear

  • Illness or disease that affects your ear(s)

  • Medications of certain types that affect your ears

  • Smoking

Can Tinnitus be treated?

Most cases of tinnitus are permanent. However, things like hearing aids, therapy, and other solutions that can reduce the noises in your ears so you at least do not notice it as much. If you have tinnitus caused by something like a temporary illness, then the tinnitus will go away when you get better.