Signs and Diagnosis of Hearing Loss

Man experiencing discomfort in ear

Signs and Diagnosis of Hearing Loss:
For many people, hearing loss is a natural and gradual part of the aging process. Hearing loss can also be caused by genetic medical conditions, ear infections, illness, traumatic injury, or prolonged exposure to noise. It is reported that there are more than 10 million people in the UK with hearing loss. Hearing loss is one of the world’s most common health problems. It is also one of the most ignored problems, this is unfortunate because hearing loss and its psychological side effects are highly treatable.

How do I know if I’m suffering from Hearing Loss?
There are many signs of hearing loss, these can include:

  • asking people to repeat themselves
  • difficulty understanding speech clarity in a noisy social situation such as bars & restaurants
  • having the volume of the TV louder than others
  • difficulty in locating the direction of sounds and poor understanding when following group conversations.

Who diagnoses me with Hearing Loss, if it’s something I’m suffering from?
A hearing test is carried out by a qualified health care professional or an Audiologist. The test can last up to 20 minutes and gives a diagnosis as to whether you may or may not have a hearing loss, if a hearing loss is detected the severity and type of hearing loss can be determined. At Otec Hearing, we provide a free hearing test, and we come to you. Visit our hearing test page for more information.

How can hearing loss be treated?
Hearing loss is treated depending on the type of hearing loss present. Medications such as steroids or a small surgical procedure to remove a blockage can be used as a treatment. Alternative treatments such as hearing aids which are assistive medical devices can help provide rich sound quality in many environments. If you have any questions or queries around hearing loss, feel free to get in touch with us by either emailing us or calling us on 01522 305400.