• Hearing Loss

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is invisible and nearly always painless. It can also develop over time. If you suspect that you or a loved one is experience hearing loss, take a look at the assessment or visit a hearing healthcare professional to have a hearing test.

Hearing loss has many causes, but the most common include:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Family history
  • The natural aging process

There are two major types of hearing loss: sensorineural and conductive. Here’s a quick overview of each:

Sensorineural loss, where damage has been done to the microscopic hair cells in the ear, is the most common. The vast majority of people with this kind of loss benefit from amplification like hearing aids.

Conductive hearing loss is the result of structural damage to the ear. This kind of loss can be caused by:

  • Impacted wax
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Middle ear effusion (escape of fluid into the middle ear behind the eardrum)
  • Otosclerosis (a condition in which the bones of the middle ear become immobile because of bony growth)
  • Cholesteatoma (accumulation of tissue in the middle ear caused by repeated middle ear infections)
  • Congenital anomalies

Hearing loss can also be caused by:

  • Ototoxic drugs (certain antibiotics)
  • Viral and toxic illness
  • Disturbances of fluid in the inner ear

Find out more about the effects of these hearing losses, assess your or a loved one’s symptoms or contact a Sherard Hearing Professional to schedule an appointment.

Effects of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects every aspect of daily life and can reduce your quality of life by making communication more difficult by:

  • Causing misunderstandings
  • Heightening stress
  • Triggering unnecessary fatigue
  • Isolating someone from society and loved ones
  • Straining relationships with family and friends

Here’s the good news – hearing loss can generally be treated with hearing aids. This means you or your loved one can reconnect with life. Assess whether you or a loved one has a hearing loss or contact a hearing care professional to schedule an appointment.

What to expect when you get a hearing aid

Have realistic expectations. Hearing instruments won’t restore hearing to the same level, but will most likely provide dramatic improvement.

  • Be patient – adjusting to wearing a hearing aid takes time.
  • Start slowly – wear your hearing instruments for a couple of hours a day at first and build up.
  • Be persistent – it’s important to consistently wear your instruments so that you get used to them.
  • Stay committed – your brain needs time to readjust to hearing sounds it may not have been hearing for years. You will be amazed at your own ability to reconnect with your life with the help of your hearing aids.

Find out more about the effects of these hearing losses, assess your or a loved one’s symptoms or contact a Sherard Hearing Professionall to schedule an appointment.

Hearing Assessment

Hearing loss tends to be gradual. Here are some questions that may indicate that you or a loved one has a loss:

  • Have you been told that the TV is too loud for everyone except you?
  • Do you have difficulty following conversations in large groups or noisy places, such as restaurants or family gatherings?
  • Do you often ask others to repeat themselves, especially young children and women?

If you answered “yes” to any of these, you might have hearing loss. An Audibel hearing care professional can help you decide if hearing aids are a good option for you and find the best option for your hearing loss and lifestyle.

If you do have a hearing loss, you aren’t alone. More than 31.5 million people in the United Stated currently suffer from varying degrees of hearing impairment. The good news is that most hearing losses can be effectively treated with digital hearing aids. The key to effective treatment is identifying hearing loss early.

Find out more about the effects of these hearing losses, assess your or a loved one’s symptoms or contact a Sherard Hearing Professional to schedule an appointment.

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