Hearing Health Specialist

Apple Valley Medical Center

Medical Center located in Apple Valley, MN

When it comes to your hearing health, hearing loss is only part of the picture. Conditions such as tinnitus, or ringing in your ears, can have a major impact on your quality of life. At the Apple Valley Medical Center, the team is well-versed in hearing issues and works with their patients in Apple Valley, Minnesota and the surrounding areas, to slow or reverse hearing problems. To learn more to protect your hearing, call to book an appointment.

Hearing Health Q & A

Apple Valley Medical Center

What causes hearing loss?

Problems with hearing are a natural part of aging, and about 25 percent of the American population ages 55-64 have some hearing loss. This number jumps to almost 50 percent once people pass the 65-year mark per Mayo Clinic.

There are a number of reasons why you begin to lose your hearing as you age, chief among them:

  • Damage to your inner ear from normal wear and tear
  • Buildup of earwax
  • Ruptured eardrum
  • Ear infections

Far and away, damage to your inner ear over time is what exacts the heaviest toll. A lifetime of loud noises and a gradual loss of the hairs and nerve cells that enable hearing are the main drivers of inner ear damage.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an especially difficult condition to deal with because it’s characterized by an incessant ringing in your ears that’s not caused by any outside stimuli. The sound in your ears can include ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, or clicking.

Tinnitus is caused by a number of conditions, including:

  • Age
  • Hearing loss
  • Injury to your ears
  • Circulatory problems
  • Wax buildup
  • Loud noises

How are hearing problems treated?

When it comes to age-related hearing loss, there’s much the providers at Apple Valley Medical Center can do, if they catch it early enough. Tackling your hearing loss in its early stages goes a long way toward warding off depression and social withdrawal.

After the testing, they offer a number of solutions, including hearing instrument selection, fitting, programming, cleaning, and repair.

If your hearing loss is due to something other than natural wear and tear, the provider will treat the underlying problem, which can be as simple as removing earwax buildup.

When it comes to tinnitus, the providers perform a thorough medical exam to get to the bottom of the issue. Since there are so many causes of tinnitus, from certain medications to vascular problems, a diagnosis is key in determining which treatment is best.

Rest assured the providers work tirelessly to identify and treat the underlying cause. There are also several tools they can use to suppress the condition.

If you’re plagued with hearing problems, call the Apple Valley Medical Center to book an appointment today.