Hearing Loss Information
This means by the time you turn 50, odds are nearly 50/50 you’ll have difficulty understanding conversations, especially in noisy situations. The reason you begin to experience hearing loss and the factors that speed up the decline vary, but the most common of these are: genetics, over-exposure to loud noises, or injury. This happens when the hair cells in the inner ear become damaged and unable to turn vibrations into the sound impulses needed by the auditory nerve.
Symptoms of Loss
Since most hearing loss occurs slowly, it’s commonly overlooked as a serious loss until the loss becomes much more obvious and potentially embarrassing for the sufferer.
Common hearing loss symptoms include:
- Feeling like others are always “mumbling”
- Difficulty understanding words, especially with significant background noise
- Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
- Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
- Withdrawal from conversations
- Avoidance of some social settings
Many put off treatment for years, denying the severity of their hearing loss or feeling helpless in the situation. However, the last few years have shown some incredible breakthroughs in technology and proof that you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars for hearing devices—ListenClear is your solution.
If you believe that you or someone you know may be suffering from hearing loss, we’d like to help.
There are many potential causes of hearing loss. Some can be more dangerous than others and there are many potential factors that can strongly speed up and worsen your hearing. A few of these causes are:
- Damage to the inner ear
Aging and prolonged exposure to loud noise may cause wear and tear on the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea that send sound signals to the brain. When these hairs or nerve cells are damaged or missing, electrical signals aren’t transmitted as efficiently and hearing loss occurs. Higher pitched tones may become muffled to you. It may become difficult for you to pick out words against background noise. Heredity may make you more prone to these changes. This type of hearing loss is known as sensorineural hearing loss, which is permanent.
- Ear Wax
Sometimes earwax can block the ear canal and prevent the conduction of sound waves. This can cause a conductive hearing loss, which usually can be restored with earwax removal.
- Ear Infection, Abnormal Bone Growths or Tumors
In the outer or middle ear, any of these can cause hearing loss.
- Ruptured Eardrum
Loud blasts of noise, sudden changes in pressure, poking your eardrum with an object, or an infection can cause the eardrum to rupture and affect your hearing.
For many people who have experienced hearing loss, help is available. The right treatment for you depends on the cause and severity of your hearing loss. In many cases, a hearing aid is the perfect choice to help amplify sound and get the user back to their favorite moments. Let us put you in touch with a qualified hearing care professional to discuss your hearing’s potential today.