Signs of Hearing Loss
The incredible gift of sound allows us to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues. It also allows us to enjoy television, music and all manner of entertainment.
As we grow through life’s journey many people experience hearing loss and this is a perfectly natural part of life. Exposure to loud noise may also have an adverse effect on our hearing so it’s quite possible to experience some hearing loss at any age, depending on lifestyle.
- Frequently having to ask people to repeat themselves
- Having trouble hearing when there’s a lot of background noise
- Misunderstanding conversations
- Perceiving that others are mumbling
- Music doesn’t sound as clear as it used to
- Having to increase the TV or radio volume
- Struggling to hear what children and grandchildren are saying
If any of the above sound familiar it’s a good time to have your hearing properly assessed via one of our hearing professionals.
They will confirm if you have any hearing loss and what the cause might be. Your dedicated professional will then advise on the correct course of action and fortunately this is usually a simple process designed to get you back to enjoying life to the fullest.
Causes of Hearing Loss
Loss of hearing is the result of sound signals not reaching the brain. There are two main types of hearing loss, depending on where the problem lies.
- Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the sensitive hair cells inside the inner ear or damage to the auditory nerve. This occurs naturally with age or as a result of injury.
- Conductive hearing loss happens when sounds are unable to pass from your outer ear to your inner ear, often because of a blockage such as earwax or glue ear.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus – from the Latin verb “to jingle” – is an involuntary sound perception originating inside the head. In about 80-85% of cases, tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss, but it can also be caused by exposure to loud sounds, accidents, ear infection, aging or stress.