Do I need to check my hearing??

Hearing-1If you answer yes to 1 or more get your hearing tested

  1. Do you feel that you can hear but not understand when people talk?
  2. Do you feel that another persons speech sounds like a “mumble” or “unclear”?
  3. Do you have difficulty following speech in noisy environments?
  4. Do you have difficulty following a conversation when it is noisy e.g restaursant, party?
  5. Do you miss hearing the door bell or telephone?children-hearing-2
  6. Do you find certain sounds unusually disturbing or loud?
  7. Do you have a ringing sound in your ears?
  8. Do others say you have a loud voice?
  9. Do you turn the volume of the TV or radio higher than your spouse or other family members?children-hearing
  10. Has anybody asked if you have difficulty hearing?
  11. Do you mis understand basic instructions or “mishear” when people talk to you?
  12. Do you find it hard to follow a conversation if you cant watch the persons face as he is talking?
  13. Do you find it hard to follow a persons speech if he is standing a couple of feet away?
  14. Do you find it difficult to follow a group discussion or when more than 2 persons are speaking?

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Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms

Have the birds stopped singing?

Everyday sounds are part of life’s most meaningful experiences. Are you having difficulty hearing the sound of a purring cat? Or the crisp crunch of snow under your boot on a cold winter morning? Or birds singing in your garden?
If so, there’s a chance you have hearing loss and may need hearing aids.

Hearing loss develops gradually

speech-hearing-lossHearing loss usually develops gradually – so gradually that you don’t notice the loss of these subtle everyday sounds. Before you know it, you could start missing the important sounds in your everyday life, such as the voices of loved ones.

Of course, you may not think your hearing loss is severe enough to worry about. But however mild your hearing loss might be, you’ll find that your life will greatly improve by doing something about the problem by for example getting hearing aids.

Types & Causes of Hearing Loss

Types & Causes of Hearing Loss

There are many kinds of hearing loss, but most fall into two categories: sensorineural or conductive.

Sensorineural hearing loss

This is the most common type of hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the tiny hair cells in the ear that help transmit sound to your brain. These can bend or break due to:

  • Exposure to very loud noises
  • Genetic disposition
  • Virus infections in the inner ear
  • Certain medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation
  • Head injury
  • Age

The effects are almost always the same – it becomes harder to distinguish speech from noise, certain high-pitched sounds such as birdsong disappear altogether, people seem to be mumbling and you often have to ask them to repeat themselves.

Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and can’t be corrected medically, but a hearing aid can almost always help.

Conductive hearing loss

This is caused by any blockage that prevents sound reaching the inner ear. This might include:

  • A build-up of earwax
  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Unusual bone growth in the middle ear
  • Middle ear infections
  • Small holes in the eardrum

Conductive hearing loss is not necessarily permanent and can often be corrected medically or surgically.

Mixed hearing loss

It is possible that you may suffer from both types of hearing loss. This condition is called mixed hearing loss. Mixed hearing loss can be helped with surgery and hearing aids.

Treating Hearing Loss

Treating Hearing Loss

Wearing a hearing aid means rediscovering the pleasure of gathering with friends and family, feeling more confident at work, and enjoying movies, music and TV programs. A hearing aid means living with all of your five senses again.

No reason to wait

Delaying tough decisions is a natural reaction, but confronting hearing loss quickly will make it easier to deal with. The longer you leave it, the harder it is for your brain to comprehend certain sounds because it no longer hears them every day.
A hearing aid prevents this deterioration of your ability to relearn to interpret sounds.

Take the first step

The first step towards treating your hearing loss is to visit your local hearing care professional to get a hearing evaluation and establish the type of hearing loss you have.


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