Your ears are what keep you updated about the whole world. Losing your hearing power means getting cut off from rest of the world. If one talks about the United States, hearing loss is the third commonest health problem there. The continuous rise in the problem can largely be attributed to listening loud music. Other factors causing hearing loss include infections, medications, earwax, age and more.
Understanding Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be defined a gradual decline in how well you can hear. It can be temporary or permanent, mild or severe depending on what causes this loss. Taking birth without hearing is congenital hearing loss. Hearing loss that happens overtime and can affect people of all ages is being discussed here.
How Hearing Loss Happens?
External ear canal, middle ear and inner ear are three main structures of the ear through which sound energy goes and you are able to hear sound. Hearing loss happens in the case of one or more of these structures being damaged.
It fades so slowly that you may not understand that your hearing power is on the wane. To start with, you’ll feel that people need to speak up when talking to you, telephone is not an apt device to communicate and people are mumbling. And until you can hear some sound, you may think that there is nothing wrong with your hearing. You can know at the early stages that your hearing loss has begun by these symptoms:
Growing age is one of the most common causes of hearing loss though researchers are to this date not able to understand why our power of hearing declines with age. One reason behind it may be our ears getting exposed to noise and other damaging factors throughout the life thus a slow damage occurring in the delicate mechanics of the ear. In the age group of 65-74 there is one out of every three people suffering from hearing loss, this ratio scales up to one out of two above the age of 75.
Some professions have the employees such as mining, agriculture, military, transportation and manufacturing exposed to loud and continuous noise with 48% of plumbers and 44% of carpenters reporting some kind of hearing loss due tothe dangerous noise levels. Even musicians are at risk of the loss of their hearing power and some of them now earplugs to protect the inner workings of their eras while they perform.
Certain medications can also cause hearing loss and/or balance. Among over 200 drugs that cause these kinds of side effects include aspirin, several drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, chemotherapy medicines, a drug used for the treatment of malaria, antibiotics and loop diuretics.
This apart, you may have reduced hearing because of these factors as well
It leaves a negative impact on the hearing power when it involves punctured eardrum or skull fracture.
Doctors categorize hearing loss into different levels which are described below:
Mild Hearing Loss
When suffering from this kind of hearing loss, a person though he/she is fine with one-on-one interactions, he/she a problem hearing words properly over background noise.
Moderate Hearing Loss
A moderate hearing loss is indicated when you frequently start asking people to repeat themselves during personal and telephonic chitchats.
Severe Hearing Loss
When one is not able to follow a conversation without the use of a hearing aid.
Profound Hearing Loss
This kind of hearing loss is an advanced stage of the condition. In this condition, you have to use a cochlear implant or hearing aid to hear people speaking or hear them only if they speak extremely loud.
Before your matter reaches beyond mending, brace yourself up and get going for preventive measures:
How to Handle Hearing Loss
There are few basic things that you can do to ensure that you can hear without much effort what people are saying when they are talking to you. Do a few things so that you have a two-way communication with your folk and friends. To start with,
In addition to all this, there are some hearing devices which you can use to make up for your hearing loss:
These devices help alert you to sounds such as a ringing telephone, doorbell , baby monitor and more.
TTY (Text Telephone)
This type of device also called telecommunication device for the deaf or TTD replaces talking or listening with the typing of messages (back and forth) on the phone.
These sorts of devices amply each and every sound that includes your own voice too. It may take you some time before you get used to a hearing aid.
These are messages which you can type and send through your mobile device to anyone you want to.
These devices help you listen the sounds clearer by shortening the distance between the source of sound and you , reducing background noise and making them louder for you.
You can read the words which are shown at the bottom of the screen with such a kind of device.
How to Treat Hearing Loss?
There are different treatments for different types of hearing loss:
When to Seek A Medical Help?
You should call a doctor immediately in the following condition:
Your doctor will decide the treatment after determining the cause behind you hearing loss. He/she may also refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist once he/she is through with his/her investigations so that you can get a prompt treatment.