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GERIATRICS: HEARING LOSS
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may cause decreased social interaction, embarrassment, isolation, may be viewed as confused or stupid, conversations can be limited, ADL/safely- phone, doorbell, etc.
sound waves are not effectively able to go through the outer ear canal to the eardrum, and the small bones of the middle ear. There is typically a reduction in sound levels or inability to hear faint sounds.
caused by damage to the hairs within the cochlea in the inner ear; sound is not able to be converted into electrical signals for the auditory nerve. (usually can be fixed with hearing aids)
combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
rare and is a result of damaged or malformation to the auditory nerve that connects the cochlea to the brain.
rare type, sound enters the inner ear normally but the transmission of signals from the inner ear to the brain is impaired. Those with this type of hearing loss may have trouble with speech-perception, or understanding speech clearly.
affects the external ear, there is blockage-can't cause sound waves, wax, infection, fluid build up.
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