Today, there isn’t technology that can diagnose or find hidden hearing loss that exists. These individuals may feel frustrated because of potentially having a hearing impairment. Even after seeing a specialist and then being told that the test results show they have normal hearing can be rather confusing.
Let's take a closer look at not only what hidden hearing loss is but what to do if you suspect you suffer from this rare condition.
Understanding the Ear
When trying to understand hidden hearing loss, it is good to review how your ears function.
Our ears are composed of three parts; the outer ear, the middle, and the inner ear. The three parts of the ear process sound waves we interact with daily and deliver them to our sensory neurons, where the brain interprets the waves.
The outer ear is composed of the pinna or auricle. This is the visible part of the ear most recognizable as the structure of the human ear. This unique feature acts as protection for the ear canal.
Drew Sutton M.D.
Drew Sutton, MD is a board-certified otolaryngologist. He has extensive experience and training in sinus and respiratory diseases, ear and skull base surgery, and pulmonary disorders. He has served as a Clinical Instructor at Grady Hospital Emory University for more than 12 years.