Hearing Instrument Specialist, Rina Valia with her patient in San Mateo, CA office

Hearing Loss

Did you know 48 million Americans are diagnosed with significant hearing loss?

Rina with a patient at Eartone Hearing Aid Center

What Is Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is the inability to hear clearly in one or both ears and affects millions of Americans. If you’re having trouble hearing high-pitched sounds or consonants like “s,” “h,” and “f,” you may have high frequency hearing loss, which is the most common type of loss in adults. The majority of people also experience binaural hearing loss, meaning a loss of hearing in both ears.

At Eartone Hearing Aid Center, we understand how frustrating hearing loss can be. That’s why we offer professional hearing evaluations and a range of solutions to help you hear better. Whether you’re struggling to hear your loved ones or missing out on the sounds of the world around you, we’re here to help.

Audiologist speaking with her patient about his hearing loss

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is measured in degrees: mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe or profound. There are also three main types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem conducting sound from the outer and middle ear to the inner ear. This can be caused by ear infection, impacted earwax, fluid in the middle ear, or ruptured eardrum. This type of hearing loss will need to be treated by a medical professional.

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the hearing nerve cannot carry sound from the inner ear to the brain. This can be caused by age, genetics, loud noise exposure, head/ear trauma, or medications. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common and can be managed with hearing aids.

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural.

Man speaking with his audiologist about hearing loss

Signs of Hearing Loss

It can be easy to miss the signs of hearing loss, especially when it happens gradually over time. At Eartone Hearing Aid Center, we understand how frustrating it can be to struggle with hearing loss without even realizing it. That’s why we encourage everyone to schedule regular hearing evaluations to catch any issues early and ensure that you’re hearing your best.

Some common indicators of hearing loss include:

Man speaking with his audiologist about hearing loss
Woman struggling with tinnitus


Tinnitus, also known as “ringing in the ears,” is a common condition that affects millions of people. Tinnitus is the perception of hearing sound in the ears when no external sounds are present. The symptoms often include hearing a buzzing, humming, ringing, or whistling sound, most common when your environment is quiet. While there is no cure for tinnitus, hearing aids can help. At Eartone Hearing Aid Center, we carry tinnitus masking hearing aids that can distract your brain from the ringing in your ears. While you might not be able to stop ringing in the ears completely, hearing aids can help you experience some relief.

Benefits of Managing Hearing Loss

There are many benefits to managing hearing loss with hearing aids. When you can hear clearly, you’re more likely to engage with the world around you, including friends, family, and colleagues. In addition, managing hearing loss can keep your brain healthier, as untreated hearing loss has been linked to cognitive decline.

If you’re experiencing hearing loss, don’t wait to take action. Our hearing specialist provides the highest level of care and can help you reconnect with your loved ones. Schedule a hearing check today and take the first step towards a better quality of life.