What is hearing loss?
Did you know that we hear with our brains, not our ears? Our ears are simply the organs that transmit sound to the brain.
That’s why hearing loss can cause symptoms like tiredness and fatigue. If we’re struggling to hear, our brains have to work harder to process the sounds. This shows us the importance of being able to hear sounds clearly.
Common symptoms of hearing loss include:
Difficulty hearing when someone is talking to you in the presence of mild to moderate background noise (like a restaurant).
Turning up the volume of the television or radio.
Feeling as though people are mumbling or speaking quietly.
Being unable to follow conversations with more than one person in a group setting.
For many people with hearing loss, the inability to hear certain sounds leads to frustration, social isolation, fatigue and, in some cases, depression. If you are one of the many people experiencing hearing loss, it’s crucial you seek help as soon as possible.
Hearing aids not only allow you to hear sounds better, but will also restore your confidence and reduce health issues that can stem from hearing loss.
You’re not alone in experiencing hearing loss
Over 5 % of the world’s poplulation are affected by hearing loss. That is 360 million people that are suffering from a hearing loss. Most commonly, hearing loss is often a gradual process and the amount of people with a permanent hearing loss increases significantly with age:
1 in 5 start to experience age related hearing loss in their mid-fifties which typically affects perception in high sound frequencies.
1 in 3 over the age of 65, with males experiencing relatively higher levels of hearing loss.
As this type of hearing loss occurs gradually over many years, many sufferers aren’t fully aware of what they’re missing.
If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, book a full hearing assessment and we will assist you in improving your quality of life considerably.
TYPES OF HEARING LOSS
1. Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and the tiny bones (ossicles) of the middle ear. This type of hearing loss usually involves a reduction in sound level or the ability to hear faint sounds.
Causes for conductive hearing loss include:
fluid in the middle ear
In many cases, conductive hearing loss can be treated and the hearing restored.
2. Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain.
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Causes of this type of hearing loss include:
genetic or hereditary hearing loss
3. Mixed hearing lossMixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
After having your hearing test done, we will be able to identify the type of hearing loss, and recommend the best treatment option.