For many people, hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process, and the onset is so gradual they aren’t aware that their hearing is deteriorating. Hearing loss can also be caused by ear infections, genetic medical conditions, illness, traumatic injury or prolonged exposure to noise.
A common problem
Hearing loss is one of the world’s most common health problems. It is also one of the most ignored problems, and this is unfortunate because hearing loss and its many psychological side effects are highly treatable.
Hearing without understanding
Hearing loss is not like listening to sounds with the volume turned down. Instead, you may notice that certain spoken sounds – like sh, th and f- are more difficult to hear than others. That’s why people with hearing loss often say they can hear people talking but can’t understand what is being said.
The problem can grow
While most hearing losses do not cause physical pain, they can lead to social and psychological problems. These include: breakdown of communication, social isolation, employment difficulties, depression, frustration and loss of self-esteem. Untreated hearing loss in children can delay the development of speech, language and learning skills.
You may notice that certain spoken sounds – like sh, th and f- are more difficult to hear than others.
Signs of hearing loss
If you suspect you may be experiencing hearing loss, consider these questions:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a hearing loss. It is extremely important that you talk to a hearing healthcare professional, who can help you determine the type and degree of your hearing loss and what course of action you can take.
You're not alone
If you’re suffering with an untreated hearing loss, you may feel isolated and frustrated-like you’re missing out on life. Those around you may be feeling frustrated too. It’s important to know you’re not alone. Approximately 1 in 10 people experience some degree of hearing loss. Happily, about 90% of these people can be helped with the use of hearing instruments.
Today's hearing instruments are different
Today there’s a whole new class of hearing instruments. Digital technology is providing hearing instrument wearers with far better sound quality, reduced background noise and greater customization capabilities. Today’s hearing instruments also look better than traditional hearing instruments, with a wide range of discreet styles and sizes to fit your lifestyle.
If you think you have a hearing loss or would like more information about the signs of hearing loss, talk to a hearing healthcare professional. We’re here to help.
Minor Repairs and Verification
|An evaluation is required by a hearing care professionalto determine if the hearing aid is suitable for the patients needs.|