For many people, hearing problems begin slowly over time and without any discomfort or pain. As such, it isn't unusual for family members to adapt to someone's gradual hearing loss, without realising they're doing it. All of which makes it difficult to self diagnose.
If you think you might have hearing loss, these simple questions will help:
If your answer to a number of the above question is yes, there's a chance you are experiencing some hearing loss and we'd recommend a hearing test. The sooner it is addressed, the better it will be for your future hearing.
There are many factors that may be resonsible for hearing loss, including:
The most common cause, hearing loss due to ageing is a natural process called Presbycusis and cannot be stopped.
Hearing loss due to noise is dependent on both the level of noise and the length of exposure, though sometimes even short exposure to loud noise can result in hearing loss.
Working or having worked in a noisy environment is a common and significant factor in noise induced hearing problems.
Ear infections, also referred to as Otitis Media, are caused by bacteria. They can cause swelling in the middle ear and a build up of fluid, thus obstructing normal travel of sound.
There are a number of injuries that can cause hearing loss, including head trauma, puncturing of the eardrum (for example, from the use of cotton buds) and quick changes in air pressure.
Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing sound that often appears to be coming from outside your ear. The sound differs from person to person and can often sound like it is in tune with your heart beat. This is known as Pulsatile Tinnitus. It can be uncomfortable and distressing for sufferers, but it is not life threatening.
Found in some antibiotics and often used in the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer, ototoxic drugs can damage hair cells in the inner ear, thus leading to hearing loss.
There are a number of diseases that can cause hearing loss, including:
There are several genetic conditions that can cause hearing loss. These include:
This occurs when your hearing degrades quickly over a very short period of time and can be caused by a number of the factors above, including tumours and tinnitus.
If you develop sudden hearing loss, it is recommended you seek out urgent medical assistance.
St John's Hearing Aid Centre offer Free Hearing Tests carried out by experienced, qualified audiologists. From the results, they will be able to determine the type of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
There are four types of hearing loss as follows:
Hearing loss can be more than a simple medical condition, it can also have a profound effect on your day to day life.
In social and working environments, hearing loss can have a significant impact:
Hearing loss can therefore also lead to:
It is important therefore that you address the problem before it develops.
With over 40 years in the industry, St John's Hearing Aid Centre understand all of the factors above. We aim to provide a professional, relaxed and personal approach to the world of Hearing Aids - in a pressure free environment.
The first step to addressing hearing loss is a hearing test.
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