Signs of Hearing Loss
There are many different signs of hearing loss, here are just a few you can look out for.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Ten million people in the UK, one in six of us, have some degree of hearing loss. The main causes are hereditary factors, noise exposure, trauma and ear diseases. And, of course, there is age. More than 40% of people over 50 years of age have some degree of hearing loss, rising to 70% of those over the age of 70.
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.
Caring for your hearing is caring for your health.
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.
Living with a hearing loss is tiring and can affect your ability to remember
Getting through the day with a hearing loss can be hard work. Everyday situations require more effort in order to follow and understand what is being said.
When you have a hearing loss, your ears lose their ability to pick up certain sounds. Your brain has to work much harder to ”fill in the gaps” and guess what is being said.
Both of these tasks require more mental resources and can leave you feeling exhausted. Using more mental resources to hear leaves you with fewer resources to perform other important brain functions such as remembering what was said. So even if you manage to follow the conversation you may struggle recalling what has been said. To reduce the load on your brain, is it important that you hear all speakers clearly, especially in noisy environments.
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