Hearing loss is a decreased sensitivity to sounds that you would normally hear. It can occur with varying degrees of severity and can affect people of all ages and is actually very common with an estimated one in six Australian’s affected.
More than often, hearing loss is cause by aging or frequent exposure to loud noises for a long period of time. Mild age related hearing loss often starts when a person is in their early forties. Hearing loss can also be acquired through illness, accident and exposure to certain drugs and chemicals.
There are three types of hearing loss. These are:
- Conductive hearing loss: caused by blockage or damage in the outer ear, middle ear or both.
- Sensorineural hearing loss: a result of damage to, or a malfunction of, the cochlea (the sensory part) or the hearing nerve (the neural part).
- Mixed hearing loss: caused by both the conductive pathway (in the outer or middle ear) and in the nerve pathway (the inner ear).
When left untreated hearing loss can negatively affect people’s relationships with their friends and family and can lead to increased social isolation. Fortunately, treatments for hearing loss have made great strides in recent times. These include invisible hearing aids, which can be worn virtually undetected.
Hearing aids are an important solution for people with hearing loss and the earlier they are fitted the better. If you believe you are suffering from hearing loss, review our symptoms of hearing loss blog and contact us for a free hearing assessment.