Understanding Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is when your ability to hear is reduced, making it more difficult for you to hear speech and all the other sounds in life you love. A hearing loss can be caused by many factors, but age and exposure to loud noise are the two most common causes. Let us dives you through a different type of hearing loss.
Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can result from any number of events at any point in our lives. It generally means there has been some damage to the outer, middle or inner ear or in the nerve pathway to our brains.
In general, there are a few types of hearing loss. They are normal, conductive, sensorineural or a mixed hearing loss.
By definition, “normal” hearing is the absence of hearing loss. The normal hearing range in adults is from 0 dB hearing level to 25 dB hearing level. Some people with hearing in this range will still have problems in varying situations.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This is caused by problems in the outer and middle ear, which can prevent sounds from getting through to the inner ear. The most common causes can be the build-up of wax in the ear canal, perforated eardrum, fluid in the middle ear or damaged middle ear bones.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. Inside our inner ears are tiny detects sound and the cochlear nerve that transmits it to the brain. It often caused by noise, disease and the natural process of ageing. Throughout our lives, we gradually lose our vital hair cells and this form of hearing loss can vary from mild to profound, temporary or permanent. Treatment for sensorineural hearing loss tends to be either a hearing aid or a cochlear implant, but we will consider all options to find you the solution that best suits your lifestyle.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Mixed hearing loss occurs when a person has a sensorineural hearing loss in combination with a conductive hearing loss. This means there is a problem in the inner ear as well as in the outer and/or middle ear. The conductive hearing loss may be temporary or permanent, depending on the source of the problem. Mixed hearing loss can sometimes be treated with medical management and hearing aids are a common treatment recommendation.
Early signs of hearing loss
Here are some things to look out for if you’re worried about your hearing, or think someone close to you may have a hearing loss.
- You often ask people to repeat themselves
- Following along with conversations in a group is difficult
- Others sounds are muffled or people seem to mumble
- It’s hard to distinguish sounds in noisy places like shopping centres
- Friends and family often tell you that you turn the TV or radio up much too loud
- You sometimes miss doorbells or ringing phones
- There’s a constant buzzing or ringing sound in your ears
- Loud noises cause you more discomfort than before
Helping You Be Your Best
If you have been diagnosed with a hearing loss or condition, there are still many things you can do to manage your hearing needs and get the most out of life.
There are many ways you can improve the way you communicate so you can continue to enjoy the things you love. It just takes some little changes in the way you communicate and maybe help from our audiologist.
Don’t be afraid
Before you are ready to have a hard conversation, don’t hesitate to ask what can make communication easier in their everyday life. S Opening up this kind of dialogue regularly can take a great deal of the stress away for both of you as well as take away the taboo of the subject.
Find a quiet, well-lit place without distractions. This will enable the other person to have full access to all the listening skills he or she has developed.
The Lips Say it All
When you have hearing loss, you will automatically begin to read the lips of the people with whom they are speaking. So, be sure to face your loved one directly and speak clearly and naturally.