It’s a known fact that 17% of all adults struggle with some degree of hearing loss. There are millions of people in India suffering from hearing loss right now! There are two main types of hearing loss : Conductive and Sensorineural. They both have to do with failure to transfer sound along the path from the outer ear to the brain's hearing centers but they differ in the location of the impairment.
In the case of conductive hearing loss, sound is impaired in the outer and/or middle ear. This usually results in reduced sound levels and the loss of faint sounds. Common causes may include ear infections, earwax, fluid in the middle ear from a cold, among other diseases and disorders. The most common treatments are medical and surgical for this type of loss, but in some cases hearing aids can be an effective alternative.
When there is failure to fully or accurately transmit sound through the inner ear (cochlea) or along the neural pathways, this is called sensorineural hearing loss. Usually the cause of this failure is damage to the interior workings of the cochlea. Causes of Sensorineural hearing loss can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (after birth). This decrease in hearing sensitivity is typically treated by carefully targeting sound amplification with hearing aids to compensate for damaged hair cells in the cochlea.
This is just what it sounds like: a mixture of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss Treatment for this type of hearing loss usually includes medical and surgical procedures, but in some cases hearing aids can be effective as well.
Sometimes there is a ringing in the ears or a constant buzzing that is associated with hearing loss. Tinnitus does not always occur with hearing loss, but they are often associated. When tinnitus accompanies hearing loss, use of hearing aids can provided relief for some tinnitus patients.
While the causes, types and degrees of hearing loss vary, the symptoms of hearing loss are essentially the same. People with hearing loss typically answer "yes" to the questions below, please ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered "yes" to at least two of these questions, you may have hearing loss. We invite you to schedule a free hearing evaluation with one of our expert hearing professionals to determine the extent of your loss and identify a treatment program.
The technology available to help people overcome hearing loss is more advanced than ever and our procedures for identifying areas of loss and for fitting hearing aid devices to compensate for the loss are more accurate than ever.
Chances are, if you're reading about hearing loss, you've already been dealing with it for some time. Studies show that people with progressive hearing loss wait an average of 5 - 15 years before seeking treatment, if you delay treating hearing loss, some undesirable things may happen.
Medically speaking, the biggest problem with untreated hearing loss is a condition known as auditory deprivation. Prolonged auditory deprivation may cause your brain to forget how to interpret auditory impulses, much like an unused muscle becomes weak over time. Damaged hair cells are irreparable. Even if these areas are stimulated again through noise amplification, the brain may no longer be able to interpret the noise. So "use it or lose it!" applies to your hearing sense as well.
The good news is that many of these negative physical and lifestyle effects of hearing loss can be greatly reduced or even eliminated through proper treatment. Hearing aids can compensate for loss in targeted frequency ranges, so your brain maintains its ability to comprehend speech. They also provide auditory stimulation, which not only allows you to interact with loved ones again, but it may contribute to delaying or even preventing diseases like dementia.
So is hearing loss life threatening? Well, it won't stop your heart. But left untreated, hearing loss can certainly kill quality of your life. Renew your life by getting treatment at your nearest HHCC AS hearing aid center. Don't lose another important moment of your life to hearing impairment.