Understanding Hearing Loss
Symptoms of Hearing Loss:
Hearing loss differs in the way it impairs individuals and according to the degree of severity, they have been categorized into several types. To understand the initial need of assessment, here are some common symptoms to look out for.
- Difficulty focusing on the directions of the sounds.
- Ask people to repeat what they have just said.
- Try to understand the expression by looking at people rather than listening to what they indicate.
- Turn up the TV/radio volume too high so much that family members/friends/neighbors complain.
- It gets difficult to focus on particular voices in a noisy place.
- Difficulty in hearing sounds that are far away from such as church bells and approaching vehicles.
- You regularly complain about others mumbling while they are speaking normally.
- You feel left out of conversations.
- Fail to hear the doorbell or the telephone ringing.
- Miss out on jokes and don’t know the reason why others are laughing.
- Failure to hear children’s voices
- Failure to hear soft sounds like birds chirping and other soft sounds
- Asking for more than one time the details of a presentation or meeting
- History of exposure to loud environments like mines or boiler plants
We would like you to sit on one of our free hearing tests if:
- You experience some of these symptoms
- Your hearing has gone weak
- Are above 50 years of age and this is the first time that you are planning for a hearing test
- You already have a hearing aid, but don’t use it
- You have a family history of hearing problems
- Your friends and family members are concerned about your hearing problems
Types and Causes of Hearing loss:
There could be several contributing factors for hearing loss. While some of these could be prevented by a healthy lifestyle, most of these cannot be avoided.
Loss of hearing, though a gradual process most of the time can also be a sudden process due to accidents. The first signs are always the same – difficulty in following conversations, trouble to understand high pitched sounds and need to turn up the radio / TV etc.
There are two main types of hearing loss – sensorineural and conductive.
Sensorineural relates to problems in the inner ear and conductively refers to damage to the ear canal, middle ear or the drums.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of the two processes and is much more complicated. However, expert professional audiologists at Amplifon will be able to identify the nature and cause of the problem through high-tech diagnosis. While you will get to know the exact cause of your condition, the doctor can suggest if treatment requires a surgery, medicine or hearing aid devices.
There could be several causes of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, which include: Conductive Hearing Loss
- Ear wax build-up
- Fluid build-up in middle ear
- Perforation in the ear drum
- Middle ear infection
- Abnormal bone growth (otosclerosis)
- A foreign blockage