An audiologist is a type of hearing healthcare professional that focuses on problems of the auditory system. They're trained to diagnose, treat and monitor hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance (vestibular) disorders.
In a new study of human ear tissues, hearing scientists have demonstrated that age-related hearing loss, also called presbycusis, is mainly caused by damage to hair cells, the sensory cells in the inner ear that transform sound-induced vibrations into the electrical signals that are relayed to the brain by the auditory nerve.
One of the most common types of hearing loss is known as high-frequency hearing loss. This means high-pitched sounds are harder to hear. It can affect anyone of any age, but is common in older adults with age-related hearing loss, as well as people exposed to loud noises.
When your hearing begins to decline, you might notice that when a new instrument comes in, you can’t tell whether it’s an oboe or clarinet, for example. You might struggle to hear lyrics. Hearing aids can bring you the sounds you were missing.
Some people can hear very little in one ear—so much so that a standard hearing aid won’t help.Fortunately, there are solutions, ranging from specialized headphones to hearing aids to surgical implants. When it comes to hearing aids, devices known as CROS and BiCROS are designed especially for single-sided deafness.