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Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in Canada and can have many causes such as age-related hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss and more. Hearing is an important part of life, that not only impacts you, but it affects the people around you as well. It is often family members that are the first people to recognize the signs of hearing loss.
Do you believe you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss? Contact us to schedule a hearing test.
Hearing Loss Signs
The signs of hearing loss can be sudden or can develop slowly over time, so it is hard to notice. It is often family members that are the ones that first notice a person’s hearing loss. Some of the most common signs of hearing loss are:
- Asking others to repeat themselves
- Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
- Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places
- Having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices
- Having trouble hearing on the telephone
- Having difficulty following a fast-moving conversation
- Being told by others that you have hearing loss
If you are experiencing any of these signs, you can contact our clinic to schedule a hearing test for a full assessment of your hearing.
What Causes Hearing Loss and How to Prevent It
Hearing loss can be caused by many things throughout your life including:
- Age-related hearing loss
- Noise-induced hearing loss
- Injury & Trauma
Some of the most common causes of hearing loss can be prevented by wearing custom ear protection or limiting our amount of exposure to the dangers. It is recommended that you get your hearing tested annually, so you can make sure that no problem is developing overtime or is worsening.
Types of Hearing Loss
Sometimes our hearing doesn’t work they way it should which results in hearing loss. Hearing loss can occur in one or both ears and usually each type of hearing loss is treatable. There are three types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive and mixed. The main difference between them is where the hearing loss takes place in the ear.
Sensorineural is when the root cause of the hearing loss lies in the inner ear. This type of hearing loss can be caused by many factors such as heredity, age-related, exposure to excessive noise, diabetes, and many other causes. It is the most common type of hearing loss, and this type often results in a decreased ability to hear high-pitched sounds.
Sensorineural hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.
Conductive is when the root cause of the hearing loss lies in the outer and middle ear. This can result in sound not being conducted properly through the ear canal to the eardrum.
This type of hearing loss can be caused by excessive earwax, an infection, a perforated eardrum, and many other causes. Most conductive hearing loss can be fixed medically or surgically.
A combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This can happen if there is damage to the outer ear as well as the inner ear. Having mixed hearing loss might make your hearing worse than if you just had one type of hearing loss.
Mixed hearing loss can be treated with a combination of hearing aids as well as medically or surgically.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be caused by many things and is a sign of an underlying health condition. The sound in the ear may be present all of the time, or it may come and go throughout your life. Tinnitus tests can be done, though it should be understood that not all tinnitus can be eliminated or reduced.
In addition to the different types of hearing loss you could have, the severity of the hearing loss will also play a factor. The severity of hearing loss you have will be one of the results that come out of having a hearing loss. These are the degrees of hearing loss that someone could have:
- Mild hearing loss: A person with a mild hearing loss may hear some speech sounds but soft sounds are hard to hear.
- Moderate hearing loss: A person with a moderate hearing loss may hear almost no speech when another person is talking at a normal level.
- Severe hearing loss: A person with severe hearing loss will hear no speech when a person is talking at a normal level and only some loud sounds.
- Profound hearing loss: A person with a profound hearing loss will not hear any speech and only very loud sounds.
What to do if you think you have hearing loss?
If you think you or someone you love is experiencing hearing loss, one of the first steps to take is to book a hearing test. At the first appointment, you will be asked some medical questions and also about the kinds of hearing difficulties you are experiencing. After the hearing test, a recommendation will be made based on the results of your test.