Hearing Loss Symptoms – do you or loved one need a hearing test?
Are you wondering if your hearing is as good as it used to be? There are many different reasons for hearing loss. Frequent or prolonged exposure to loud noises and ageing are two of the most common causes.
Here’s a checklist to help you decide:
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, you may have some level of hearing loss.
- Do you hear a ringing in your ears when there is no apparent outside source?
- Do you find it harder to understand people when you are not face-to-face with them?
- Do you have difficulty understanding what someone else is saying when you are in a crowded place?
- Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
- When in a group, do you find it difficult to keep up with the conversation?
- Do you often complain about others mumbling or not speaking clearly?
- Do you have to turn up the television or radio more than you used to?
- Do you ever have difficulty hearing the doorbell or telephone ring, or hearing people on the telephone?
More information on symptoms of hearing loss can be found on the NHS website.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds are unable to pass into the inner ear. This is usually due to a blockage of earwax, infection, injury or a foreign object (common in children) in the outer or middle ear. The result of this type of hearing loss is that sounds become quieter, although not usually distorted. Changes in pressure in the environment can also lead to a temporary conductive hearing loss because of different pressures in the external and middle ear. Genetics can also lead to conductive hearing loss caused by otosclerosis – an inherited condition which results in abnormal bone growth near the middle ear.
Depending on its cause, this type of hearing loss is often temporary. Treatments such as Micro- Suctioning is an effective wax removal process.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss can be a result of ageing, exposure to loud noise, injury, disease or an inherited condition. This type of hearing loss is sometimes referred to as sensory, cochlear, neural or inner ear hearing loss. It occurs when the inner ear or the actual hearing nerve itself becomes damaged. Sensorineural hearing loss not only changes the ability to hear quiet sounds, but it also reduces the quality of the sound that is heard. This means that individuals with this type of hearing loss will often struggle to understand speech.
Whilst this type of hearing loss is generally permanent and not medically or surgically treatable, many people find that hearing aids can improve hearing and quality of life.
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