Understand Hearing Loss

Hearing loss and your quality of life

The sounds of nature, conversations with friends and family, concert auditoriums – our ears play an integral part in making all these activities enjoyable. Additionally, our ears are a natural warning system, capable of detecting oncoming traffic, registering a possible home break-in, or alerting us of any other potential dangers. We sometimes take these everyday things for granted, only becoming fully aware of that wonderful and complex organ – the ear – when things appear to go wrong.

You don’t have to wait for hearing loss to remind you how important it is to hear clearly. Our sense of hearing allows us to enjoy the sounds that surround us in our everyday lives, such as our favorite music and our grandchildren’s laughter.

Life is too short to live without the voices and sounds you cherish the most. The first thing to do when you are experiencing a hearing loss is to educate yourself. That is why you will find relevant information about hearing loss on this page for you to read at your leisure. If you would like more information, you can always speak to live hearing aid expert for free! Simply fill out the form or give us a call directly to learn how you can begin to hear better today!

Causes and symptoms of hearing loss

It is not easy to admit that our hearing is not what it used to be. We are usually unaware of it until family and friends point it out – and this is the very moment to do something about it. However, studies show that in the U.S., people wait an average of 7 years after noticing the first signs of hearing loss before doing something about it. The use of hearing aids would have significantly improved their quality of life sooner, had they addressed it earlier.
Your loss of hearing can be gradual and subtle, like vision loss. But there is one big difference – there is no stigma attached to wearing glasses.

Everybody knows that exposure to loud noises can damage one’s hearing. Many aspects of modern life put us in demanding listening environments, such as the workplace, on the street, or at home. One example is a concert: most of us have experienced a temporary hearing difficulty after attending an extremely loud music event. Moreover, in the last few decades, more people have been using earphones almost exclusively to listen to music, which can increase the likelihood of hearing damage. It’s important to note that loss of hearing can be a result of a head injury, disease, infection, trauma, stress, diet. Genetics is also a common culprit.

So, when is the right time to seek help? These common signs and symptoms are indicators that immediate help should be sought:

  • Difficulty following a conversation with more than two people at once
  • Difficulty understanding what people are saying in loud environments, such as busy restaurants, cafes, shops, etc.
  • Other people’s voices seem muffled
  • Listening to the TV at a high volume
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Group conversations are exhausting

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Types of hearing loss

The medical community has identified three types of this condition: conductive, sensorineural, and combined. What they all have in common is that one’s hearing capacity is, in part, significantly reduced. This has a direct impact on a person’s quality of life, health, and social interactions. What you do to manage your reduced ability to hear depends on its severity. Hearing aids are the currently the best solution to improve your hearing.

This condition can affect many aspects of your life. Communication with family and friends, business meetings, telephone calls, or spending time with your children can become a challenge. In some cases, you can even feel socially isolated. Family and friends, unfortunately, might not fully understand your hearing situation, which can lead to misunderstandings and feelings of frustration. Therefore, it is essential for the people around you – spouse, grandchildren, children, colleagues, friends – to understand what you are experiencing

Conductive hearing loss representation
Conductive hearing loss representation
Conductive hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss
Combined hearing loss representation
Combined hearing loss
Brief explanation

Is it temporary or permanent?
It’s not easy to determine precisely when inability to hear is permanent (sometimes leading to deafness), a sign of a disease/disorder, or a symptom that will clear up on its own. It is common for the ear to recover after brief noise trauma. One of the typical causes of permanent loss of hearing is long-term exposure to loud noises. Many other factors, like nutrition and stress levels, also play a role in your hearing health.

Why are hearing aids the best form of treatment?
Hearing is an extremely important aspect of human perception and our overall health. We depend on our hearing to understand speech, listen to the sounds we love, and enjoy spending time with our family. There is no medicine a doctor can prescribe that can cure this kind of hearing disorder. However, the best treatment is the use of hearing aids, without the need of a cochlear implant. Not only does everything around you sound better and clearer, but your general health also feels the positive impact of wearing hearing aids. Today’s devices can even play music directly to your smartphone. When your hearing aid is programmed by a provider, it will never be too loud; thus, you won’t have to worry about further ear damage.

Consequences of hearing difficulties

Studies show that people feel unhappy and depressed when they decide not to wear hearing aids. Moreover, your concentration, self-esteem, and speech comprehension are significantly reduced.

The physical effects include fatigue, exhaustion, headaches and stress. If you suspect a sign of hearing loss, please call us to schedule a hearing test appointment with a local hearing aid provider in your area.

“Recent research by Dr. Frank Lin at Johns Hopkins University has found that untreated hearing loss increases the incidence of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease. The brain requires consistent sound stimulation to remain active and healthy. By not wearing hearing aids, people living with hearing loss are missing out on richer experiences, whether they are cultural, professional or social.“
Hope Lanter, Au.D., Lead Audiologist

One in six has a hearing loss

Most people think that seniors are the only ones who experience this condition. However, this is a national problem that touches all age groups. Moreover, one in six Americans are affected by this phenomenon. In most cases, high frequencies are the first ones that go missing. After that, the ability to hear is in a state of gradual decline. An important fact to remember is that the brain has less support when can’t hear, which makes it difficult to distinguish sounds and words. Therefore, it is very important you address any signs of poor hearing early on.

Emergence and causes of hearing loss

Difficulties hearing can fall into three categories: sound conduction, sensorineural, and sound perception.

  • Sound conduction: Sound waves can’t enter the inner ear due to a blockage.
  • Sensorineural: Involves a physical change of the inner ear or auditory nerve. In some cases, the ; auditory nerve does not send the received signal to the brain properly.
  • Sound perception: The brain does not process incoming signals correctly.

Other causes include diseases or certain medications. In the case of medical treatment, it is not necessarily the drug itself but the amount administered. An overdose of painkillers can damage one’s hearing, which can lead to permanent deafness. If an overdose occurred in the past, it is important to know the extent of inner ear damage to find a proper solution.

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