Understanding Hearing Loss
Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss does not simply mean someone has issues with hearing soft sounds. A person dealing with hearing loss may perceive speech and other sounds as being “muffled” and they may also have difficulty hearing individual words or consonants, especially in noisy environments. Often you will notice that a person with hearing loss turns up the volume of their TV or radio to very high levels. They may also ask others to speak more slowly and clearly or to repeat themselves during conversations.
Changes in behavior, such as lost interest in participating in social events or no longer taking part in conversations, may also be a sign of hearing loss.
Types and Causes of Hearing Loss
The type of hearing loss is usually determined by where the issue arises anatomically in the ear (inner, middle or outer ear) as well as by its severity.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Mixed Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss Treatment
Treatment options largely depend on the type and the cause of the hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss can often be improved with medication or surgery. Sensorineural hearing loss, on the other hand, will most likely be supported by means of hearing aids or, if the hearing loss is especially profound, through cochlear implants.
If you think that you or a loved one is experiencing a hearing loss it is best to speak to an expert who will assess your hearing based on a hearing test, and who can help you find the solution that is right for you.