Understanding hearing loss and amplification can be difficult for many people. Hearing loss is quite common actually but can be a very frustrating problem. Hearing loss for the most part comes on very slowly and most people never realize that its happening until it starts to interfere with your daily activities.
Hearing loss are can be difficult to pick up on and in most cases the person experiencing the hearing loss are not the first to realize they have a problem, actually usually a person’s family or friends are the first ones that pick up on anyone’s loss of hearing.
Signs of Hearing Loss include:
Straining harder to hear noises or even normal conversation, especially when in crowds or when there is heavy background noise such as a restaurant.
Watching a person’s face closely in order to try and understand what is being said. Many hearing loss sufferers actually focus on the talkers lips to try and read lips when they can’t hear.
Asking people to repeat themselves, may hearing loss sufferers find themselves always asking others to repeat what they said which can be not only annoying for the sufferer but the people that maybe trying to tell you things such as in a work environment.
Constant misunderstanding conversation, this problem can be very problematic especially in a work environment and many people if they misread a conversation can become agitated quite easily.
Repeatedly turning any music or television sound up high in order to hear. Many family and friends will usually comment that the sound has become almost deafening to them but to a hearing loss sufferer that maybe the only way they can hear the television or music.
Noticing that other people sound like they are mumbling or whispering when they are not.
Avoiding noisy places due to the inability to hear in groups.
Avoiding social functions and being around large crowds of people.
In many cases, hearing amplification through hearing instruments or hearing aids can offer hearing loss sufferers relief.
Hearing instruments or aids can help a person in many instances by:
Making you able to hear and understand speech better, especially in large crowds. Many times after a person has hearing aids, they will actually enjoy getting back out among people and their quality of life will significantly improve. Hearing problems can if not treated cause people to withdraw from social situations. Amplification can however greatly improve a person’s quality of life and make people hear clearer and sounds they may have never realized they loss.
For many people they start to notice sounds that they never realized they couldn’t hear like the air conditioner or a clock ticking.
People that can help you with an auditory exam include:
An audiologist or a hearing instrument specialist can evaluate your hearing loss and help you determine the best hearing aids for your type of hearing loss.
A physician such as an otolaryngologist or ear nose and throat doctor is a hearing loss specialist that can not only exam and diagnosis any ear or hearing problems but can help determine why you may have lost your hearing. In some cases the ENT physician may recommend a surgical treatment for your hearing problem such as a myringotomy.
Hearing loss happens when sound can’t travel all the way through the ear and into the brain.
In most cases hearing loss means that part of the inner ear has become damaged. The damage can be caused by age, exposure to ototoxic drugs or chronic severe noise exposure.
In a few cases however hearing loss can be caused by medical problems such as a severe ear infection, abnormal bone growth or tumors. Treatment such as medication or surgery maybe needed for this type of hearing disorder and in some cases amplification may still be required to improve your hearing.
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