For many people, hearing loss is a slow gradual loss over time. On average it can take anywhere from 7 to 10 years for a person with hearing loss to realize the effects of their loss and act on it. Most hearing loss is painless which is another reason it takes so long for people to act on it. Hearing Loss can be the result of a medical condition or illness, prolonged noise exposure, trauma, genetics or the aging process.
Hearing loss is not only one of the world's most common health problems and sadly it is the most ignored, yet relatively easy to treat.
It doesn't always mean you need things louder, in fact many with hearing loss don't like things louder at all. They can hear people talk, but miss parts, things just don't always sound clear enough or they miss her what is being said to them. Sadly, hearing loss though not normally physically painful, it does still come with social and psychological affect. For many living with untreated hearing loss can cause severe communication barriers at home, work and in public. Many withdrawn from social events and battle depression and anxiety. Along with frustration and low self esteem, untreated hearing loss has been linked to Alzheimer's and Dementia.
Types of Hearing Loss
Signs of Hearing Loss
- Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?
- Are you turning up the TV to help you hear what they are saying? Then finding the when the ads come on it is way to loud, or others are finding the TV louder than they prefer.
-Do you struggle to hearing in crowds?
-Is it hard for you to locate the direction sounds are coming from?
-Is it had to follow group conversations?
-Does if feel like others are mumbling?
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
This hearing loss occurs when the inner ear becomes damaged. It is the most common type of hearing loss. Caused by aging, exposure to loud noise, injury, disease, certain drugs or an genetic condition. This type of hearing loss is typically not medically or surgically treatable.
Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
This loss occurs instantly or over the course of a few days. It is imperative to see a doctor specializing in diseases of the ear immediately. A delay in treating this condition will decrease the chance that medications can improve the situation.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This hearing loss occurs in the outer or middle ear. The ear canal could be blocked by earwax or a foreign object or the middle ear space could be filled with fluid, There could be an issue with the bones behind the eardrum or the eardrum may have a hole or tear in it.
Some conductive hearing loss can be reversed medically.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Sometimes people can have a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Hearing Loss in Adults
People over the age of 50 can develop gradual hearing loss due to age-related changes in the ear or auditory nerve. This is known as presbycusis. Presbycusis can make it hard for a to tolerate loud sounds or understand what others are saying.
Other causes of hearing loss in adults:
Two Ears are better than one!
Wearing two hearing aids offers many advantages for those with tearing loss in both ears.
- Helps with hearing in noise
-Improves direction of sound and localization
provides a more natural surround sound
-helps with balance
-improved speech understanding
Noise Level Duration allowable without protection In accordance to Saskatchewan Worker's Compensation Board.
85 dBA 8 hours
88 dBA 4 hours
91 dBA 2 hours
94 dBA 1 hour
97 dBA 30 minutes
100 dBA 15 minutes
103 dBA 7.5 minutes