Hearing loss is a problem that can affect all age groups. It is a condition that may arise from different causes and can be permanent or temporary. The current number of people who suffer from hearing loss in Australia is one in six, but according to the latest researches, this number is expected to increase to one in four by 2050. When it comes to hearing loss, what is most important is to spot the condition as soon as possible if you want to get more of the treatment.
If recently you start to note some changes in your hearing there is a great chance that you are experiencing the early signs of hearing loss. The symptoms listed below are an indicator that you just start to suffer from loss of hearing:
- You have a problem to hear other people clearly, especially in group situations.
- Often ask the interlocutor to repeat himself.
- The volume on your TV or radio is much higher than normal.
- Hearing the telephone or the doorbell is a real torture.
- Hearing requires high level of concentration. Thus, if you have difficulty in hearing you will feel more stressed and tired at the end of the day.
If you want to make sure that these are indicating your loss of hearing you need to make an appointment to an audiologist as soon as possible. Firs of all you need to find the right hearing clinic that offers wide range of services and moreover will provide you with all required hearing tests. These tests are accurate and painless. According to the results of those test the audiologist will be able to determine the type of your hearing loss and thus choose the right treatment for you. There are three types of hearing loss:
- Conductive hearing loss comes from the problem with the ear drum, ear canal or middle ear and its little bones. There are a lot of causes that can lead to conductive hearing loss such as ear infection, allergies, benign tumours, otosclerosis, infection in the canal, fluid in the middle ear, foreign body in the ear, etc.
- Sensorineural loss of hearing comes from the problems with the inner ear. The causes may be exposure to loud noise, virus or disease, head trauma, ageing, autoimmune inner ear disease, malformation of the inner ear, otosclerosis, etc.
- Mixed – this hearing loss is actually a combination of both mention types.
Fortunately, no matter of which type of hearing loss you suffer, there is a solution available. Today's models of hearing aid devices are so advanced so they can help almost any person who is experiencing hearing loss to improve its hearing level. Since they come in few different models with different features you must visit your audiologist and make all required tests. This way the audiologist will be able to choose the right device for you so you can get the more of your hearing aid.