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Hearing Audiology

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Quiz: Do You Understand Hearing Audiology?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

The most common theory on the cause of tinnitus is that it is a result of cochlear hair cell damage, which is often caused by noise.

Explanation:
One of the most common causes of hearing problems such as tinnitus is exposure to loud noise. Tinnitus is any sound that you hear in your ears or your head such as ringing, buzzing, pulsing, hissing that does not have an external sound source. The cause of tinnitus is poorly understood. The most common theory on the cause of tinnitus is that it is a result of cochlear hair cell damage, which is often caused by noise.
2

There are two main causes of hearing loss.

Explanation:
The three main causes of hearing loss are conductive (a problem getting sound to the ear), sensorineural (usually a problem within the cochlea or the ear itself) and a combination of both.
3

Assessing and treating hearing and hearing loss is a multi-step assessment.

Explanation:
Assessing and treating hearing and hearing loss is a multi-step assessment. The healthcare provider will collect information about the patient's medical history, then do a physical examination of the ear. Following that the physician will make a diagnosis and discuss treatments.
4

You have many different options when it comes to choosing a hearing aid.

Explanation:
There are a variety of different hearing aids available to treat hearing loss, including behind the ear, receiver in the canal, in-ear, canal, completely in the canal and invisible in the canal.
5

Surgery is never an option for hearing problems.

Explanation:
If there's a hole and/or scarring in the eardrum, or the issue is with the bones of hearing that sit in the middle ear, you may need surgery.