Statistically 34 million Americans have a hearing loss, and this statistic is rising quickly. One in six baby boomers is struggling with gradual hearing loss. By the time you reach the age of 65, one in three people have a hearing loss.
Sadly, the majority of Americans with a hearing loss are below the retirement age. So if you’re experiencing hearing loss, you are not alone. The first step to remedy this situation is to get a hearing test.
Your test should include pure tone testing (the system of beeps) as well as extensive speech testing. Be sure a detailed medical and lifestyle history is completed.
To select the proper device for your loss, it is critical to know about your lifestyle and the places you need to hear more clearly. This process takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
Beware of promises the provider makes. If it sounds like it is too good to be true, it most likely is. Hearing devices can make an enormous difference.
Make sure the provider shares with you the benefits and the drawbacks of your instrument at the fitting so that you have realistic expectations. Don’t fall for bargain hearing aids or deep discounted hearing aids. The old saying “you get what you pay for” is especially true for hearing instruments. The best deal is not the cheapest.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, which means there is damage in both the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear. This type of hearing loss ranges in severity from mild to profound. For people with mixed hearing loss, sounds can be both softer in volume and more difficult to understand.
Mixed hearing loss is caused by a combination of conductive damage in the outer or middle ear and sensorineural damage in the inner ear (cochlea) or hearing/auditory nerve. Genetic factors, overexposure to loud noise, certain medications and the normal ageing process can lead to sensorineural hearing loss. Birth defects, diseases, infections, tumours or masses and head injuries are all possible causes of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
If the hearing loss is mostly conductive, speech tends to sound understandable, but only if it’s loud enough and there isn’t too much background noise. If the hearing loss is mostly sensorineural, there may be difficulty understanding speech, even when it seems loud enough.
Depending on the degree and make-up of mixed hearing loss, it may be treated with medications, surgery, hearing aids or an implantable bone conduction hearing system.
A Baha bone conduction implant is an effective treatment for mixed hearing loss because it totally bypasses the conductive element of the hearing loss and needs only to address the sensorineural element. Air conduction hearing devices must compensate for both the conductive and the sensorineural elements. Studies also suggest that Baha improves speech understanding in mixed hearing loss.
A health professional can talk you through the options and help you make the most informed decision. If you don’t already have someone to speak to, we can help you find a clinic close to you. When considering what to do, the most important thing is to have all the information.
Hearing loss can be a very gradual process and many people are unaware that they have had a decline in their hearing. It is therefore important to receive regular hearing screenings to identify potential hearing problems over the age of 50.
The best way to get a hearing screen is through an Audiologist’s office. They use special equipment to present different sounds through a set of headphones into your ears.
As you hear these sounds, you are instructed to respond as they occur. This tells the tester which sounds you can discern. These sounds are presented at different volumes and pitches.
In this way, the tester can determine how sensitive your hearing is and what pitches you cannot hear as well. In addition, the results show details of the hearing loss, allowing the Audiologist to explain how it impacts you. Depending upon the severity of the loss, different treatments may be recommended. Once hearing loss has been detected, regular hearing checks are important to monitor for additional loss.
Preventative action is always recommended, regardless of whether you have hearing loss or not. This includes avoiding loud noise when possible and to protect your hearing with protective earplugs when around loud machinery or music.
Do you miss the sound of falling rain, or the waves breaking against the sands of the beach? Do you miss the wonderful sound of children’s laughter? I could go on and on; however, I think you understand where we are headed with these questions.
Hearing loss is a very serious condition. Here are 8 reasons you should not avoid getting a hearing test.
1. It is socially awkward to ask people to repeat themselves during conversations.
2. Watching TV is aggravating to others when you turn the volume up so loud.
3. Misheard instructions can make simple installation projects take longer.
4. You misinterpret what people say, missing important dates and times.
5. It can affect your work performance.
6. You can’t hear approaching traffic when crossing the street.
7. You miss out on special occasions when you can’t hear people celebrating.
8. You have added family pressure and stress about your hearing
Don’t put yourself in these situations. Seek a hearing specialist who can perform a hearing loss test to determine the extent of damage. If diagnosed early enough, you can get the proper care to save your hearing.
Do you want your loved ones to worry about you and your hearing? No; of course not. That’s why it’s so important to speak with a hearing specialist today and stop missing out on hearing the important things in life.