Hearing Health

Jerry Laufman, AudiologistHearing loss can creep up so slowly that the person affected is often the last one to know. In fact, friends, co-workers or family members are likely to spot the problem before you do. They might say, “You are not listening to me.” They may get annoyed because the TV is too loud. And they might wonder why you do not react when a friend calls you or when the doorbell rings.

The real problem is often not the condition itself – but that we do not recognize it and do something about it early on. To avoid this fate, you need to be able to recognize the signs and get your hearing checked.

People get their eyes and teeth checked on a regular basis, so why not add your ears to the maintenance list? It takes less than an hour to assess your hearing health – and the sooner a hearing loss is detected, the better.

Research shows that two hearing aids are better than one! Here’s why:

  • better understanding of speech
  • better ability to locate sound
  • Improves understanding in noise
  • listening is less tiring
  • improves speech understanding by keeping both ears active

Types of Hearing Loss

In general, there are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural or mixed hearing loss (a combination of both).

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems in the outer and middle ear, which can prevent sounds getting through to the inner ear. The most common cause can be a build-up of wax in the ear canal, perforated eardrums, fluid in the middle ear, or damaged or defective ossicles (middle ear bones).

Sensorineural hearing loss

This type of hearing loss happens when the delicate sensory cells or nerve fibres in the inner ear get damaged. This stops them transmitting sound properly. The most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are the natural process of aging or excessive exposure to noise. This condition is in most cases permanent.

Do a quick self-check:

  1. Do people seem to be mumbling?
  2. Do you have to strain to hear when someone talks or whispers?
  3. Do you have difficulties hearing someone call you from behind or from another room?
  4. Do you need to watch a speaker’s lips more closely to follow the conversation?
  5. Do you find it hard to keep up in meetings, in restaurants, or in lectures?
  6. Do you have to turn up the volume on the TV or radio?
  7. Do you find it hard to hear clearly on the telephone?
  8. Do you have difficulties hearing at the theatre, cinema or other entertainment venues?
  9. Do you find it hard to hear in noisy environments like in the street or in a car?
  10. Do you tend to limit your social activities because it’s difficult to hear and communicate?
  11. Do family, friends, or colleagues mention that they often have to repeat themselves?

If you end up answering ‘Yes’ to some of these questions, do not be disheartened. It does not mean that you have a hearing loss – you might just have severe earwax! Only a hearing care professional can tell you for certain.

Please book a hearing test with Lincoln Hearing Clinic today!

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