Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss impacts one in six adults. While hearing loss symptoms generally impact those of a more advanced age, research has shown that hearing loss is also affecting more young people than ever before. This can often be due to factors such as noise induced hearing loss and hearing loss due to an ear infection, with hearing loss in children on the rise.

The Impacts of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can negatively impact various aspects of everyday life; communication that once came naturally can become increasingly difficult and tiring. 

As active communication requires intense concentration, it can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness due to the difficulties experienced when talking in groups of people.

Get in touch today and we can help you with your hearing loss symptoms. 

Hearing Loss Causes

There are many potential hearing loss causes, with hearing loss symptoms differing in levels of severity. Some individuals experience hearing loss in one ear while they can hear perfectly out of the other. Some of the main hearing loss types include:

·       Conductive hearing loss

This type of hearing loss occurs through the blockage of the natural movement of sound within the outer ear or middle ear.

·       Noise induced hearing loss

As the name suggests, permanent hearing loss can occur through the over exposure of loud noises over prolonged periods of time; musicians and those who work with loud machinery are often inflicted with this. Custom-made earplugs are recommended to protect your hearing.

·       Ear infection hearing loss

Ear infections can cause sudden hearing loss in one ear or both ears. See your GP as soon as possible for treatment. 

 

Hearing Loss Causes: The Affected Areas

Hearing loss can be the result of issues to any one of these parts of the ear:

Hearing Loss Causes: The Outer Ear

Outer Ear

Typical problems with the outer ear include ear wax blockages and infections of the auditory canal. Usually, these problems can be addressed by ear wax removal or visiting your GP for infections. It is important to act quickly to avoid hearing damage.

Hearing Loss Causes: The Middle Ear 

Middle Ear

Inflammation, fluid behind the eardrum, perforations of the eardrum and otosclerosis (a stiffening of the bones in the middle ear) are the most common problems to interfere with middle ear function causing hearing loss. Most middle ear problems can be addressed effectively with medication or surgery. If this is not possible, permanent hearing loss can be compensated with a hearing aid in most cases.

Hearing Loss Causes: The inner Ear 

Inner Ear

The majority of hearing loss symptoms concern the inner ear.  The most common cause is the natural ageing process. But loud noise, taking certain medication, or skull fractures can also have a negative influence on a person’s hearing ability. These influences damage the fine hair cells and affect the transmission of signals to the auditory nerves. Usually, inner ear hearing loss cannot be addressed medically. However, this type of hearing loss can be corrected with a hearing aid in most cases.

Hearing loss caused by an outer or middle ear defect is called conductive hearing loss whereas damage to the inner ear is called sensorineural hearing loss. If both types occur together, the condition is called mixed hearing loss.

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