Understand more about hearing and hearing loss
Do you struggle to hear?
Read on to learn more about hearing loss, and how Clear-tone can help!
Hearing loss typically occurs gradually, over a long period of time, so oftentimes people with a hearing loss aren’t aware of how bad it truly is. Some of the most common signs of hearing loss are:
- Trouble understanding in noisy environments (restaurant, party etc.)
- Trouble understanding phone calls
- Feeling as if speakers are mumbling
- Asking “huh?” or “what?” regularly
- Turning up the TV or Radio volume to a level uncomfortable for others
Common Causes of Hearing Loss
- 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.
- A gradual buildup of earwax
- Earwax can block the ear canal and prevent the conduction of sound waves. Earwax blockage can be a cause of hearing loss among people of all ages. This can cause a conductive hearing loss, which usually can be treated with earwax removal.
- Ear infection and abnormal bone growths or tumors
- In the outer or middle ear, any of these can cause hearing loss.
- Ruptured eardrum (tympanic membrane perforation)
- Loud blasts of noise, sudden changes in pressure, poking your eardrum with an object and/or infection can cause your eardrum to rupture and affect your hearing.
If you have hearing problems, help is available!
Treatment depends on the cause and severity of your hearing loss. A hearing aid may help by making sounds stronger and easier for you to hear.
Our hearing care professionals can discuss with you the potential benefits of using a hearing aid, recommend the best device, as well as provide proper fitting for you.
Once past the age of 25, our hearing starts declining
In fact, hearing loss is the 2nd most common health issue in the world. The number of people with hearing loss is more than those living with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes combined.
Hearing loss has also been associated with cognitive decline, dementia, depression, hospitalization, and heart disease, among other diseases and conditions. Just how fast hearing declines can be impacted by other factors such as: genetics, over-exposure to loud noises, certain diseases or medications, and injury or trauma to the ear or head.