We want to help you understand the effects of hearing loss.
Hearing and Your Health
Hearing loss affects over 48 million Americans. Anyone of any age can have hearing loss, including children and young adults. The majority of people don’t treat their hearing loss and live with the negative effects. Anyone can be effected by hearing loss, that’s why it’s important to be proactive about your hearing health.
Untreated hearing loss can be linked to underlying health conditions. Sometimes, hearing loss is the result of another serious issue, such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. It’s important to have your hearing tested annually to catch any of these diseases early on. If you suspect you or a loved one has hearing loss, it’s crucial to contact us for an appointment. We can thoroughly test your hearing and diagnose any hearing loss.
What Is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is when you have trouble hearing due to damage or deterioration of the middle or inner ear. Hearing loss can be caused by many factors, including exposure to loud noise, age, ear infections, earwax blockage, medications, and malformation of the inner ear. There are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed.
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the hair like cells within the inner ear. This is often due to aging, loud noise exposure, or head/ear trauma. Problems with the nerve pathways leading from the inner ear to your brain can also cause sensorineural loss to occur. This is the most common type of hearing loss and effects the most people. Fortunately, this can easily be managed with hearing aids.
Conductive hearing loss happens when sound can’t go through the outer ear to the middle ear. This can be caused by earwax blockage, ear infections, damage to the ear canal, or head/ear trauma. As a result of conductive hearing loss sounds may seem muffled. Conductive hearing loss can be treated by a medical professional with antibiotics, irrigation, or surgery. In some cases, hearing aids can help with conductive loss.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive. This can occur if there is damage to the inner ear as well as an issue with the outer or middle ear. The best solution for mixed hearing loss is to clear up the conductive portion by seeing a medical professional and treating the sensorineural portion with hearing aids.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be difficult to identify, especially if you lost your hearing gradually. You may not believe you have hearing loss because your brain has adjusted to not hearing certain sounds over time. One of the most common signs of hearing loss is if your loved ones are telling you to see a hearing professional. Some other signs that you may have hearing loss include:
- You frequently ask people to repeat themselves
- You have a difficult time hearing people on the other end of the phone
- It’s hard to understand people in noisy environments
- You turn the TV volume up louder than usual
- Women’s and children’s voices are difficult for you to understand
- You can hear someone talking but you can’t understand what they are saying
If you have noticed yourself doing any of the signs above, then you should come in for a hearing evaluation. Our hearing evaluations are risk-free, so call us today.