What is age related hearing loss?Posted on December 9, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Hearing Loss
Jun 10th, 2013
The level of hearing loss may vary from one person to the next based on medical conditions, exposure to loud noise over the years (noise-induced hearing loss), family history and the amount and severity of degrading hair cells within the Cochlea.
Symptoms can include difficulty in hearing people around you within noisy environments. Background noise may seem far too loud compared to the actual speech.
You may also notice:
• Sounds seem less clear
• Not being able to hear the telephone of doorbell ring when others can
• Other people may sound mumbled or slurred
• Inability to hear high-pitched sounds such as “st” and “th”
• Often having to ask people to repeat themselves
• Having the television or radio turned up much higher than other family members
• Feeling tired after participating in a conversation held within background noise
If left unmanaged, age-related hearing loss can lead to:
• Social exclusion and reduced interaction with others
• Feelings of anxiety and worry
• Depression and adjustment disorder
• Feelings of shame, humiliation, and inadequacy
• Loss of confidence
• Reduced quality of life
Hearing loss should not be left unmanaged and there is no reason to just ‘live with it’. Solutions are based around means to manage the condition so are seen as management solutions rather than as a ‘cure’.
Managing Age-Related Hearing Loss
As with any medical condition, your first point of call is to seek medical diagnosis from a health provider. In this case it will take the shape of a hearing test. The test will normally take the shape of pure tone based test and may include a speech-in-noise check that uses different types of background noise. A hearing test is available to book from your local hearing center and from your family doctor (in its basic form). Once the precise cause and level of hearing loss is determined you will be offered a number of options that work on the principal of managing the condition using modern digital means.
If you have any questions about hearing loss or anything to do with hearing contact Avada Hearing Care.