Hearing Loss Symptoms

One in seven adults in the UK and Ireland experience hearing loss, and at least four million people who don’t have hearing aids would benefit from using them. Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with one or more parts of the ear, something is not working correctly or as well as it should, resulting in the person not being able to hear effectively. Watch a video on the ear and how it works below:

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The two most common types of hearing loss are:

  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds are no longer able to move freely between the eardrum in to the inner ear. It can be caused by a build-up of excess earwax or fluid from an ear infection or a ruptured eardrum. Depending on the cause, this type of hearing loss can be either temporary or permanent, and causes sounds to become quieter although not usually distorted. It can often be treated and cured with medical management, or minor surgery.

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the minute sensory hair cells are damaged or broken, with the most common causes being loud noise, ageing, drugs and other toxins. Therefore, different people experience different levels of loss dependent on the type and the extent of the damage. Unfortunately, this type of hearing loss is permanent and cannot be cured. However, it can be treated with the use of a hearing aid.

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Losing the ability to hear can impact massively on your daily activities, as sound is an integral part of almost everything you do. Therefore, even a small hearing loss can have a detrimental effect on how you interact and communicate with the people around you, making life seem less vibrant and leading to feelings of isolation, frustration and low self-esteem. For many people hearing loss can be felt as a gradual deterioration, which may not be noticeable at first. Nevertheless, there are a number of tell-tale signs, which signify that you may be experiencing hearing loss:

  • McCreesh Hearing Care - Hearing Loss ImagePeople sound like they are mumbling
  • You have difficulty hearing what people are saying especially in noisy environments
  • You frequently ask people to repeat themselves as you struggle to hear what they are saying
  • You withdraw from conversations
  • You turn up the volume on the TV or radio louder than you used to
  • You have difficulty hearing on the telephone
  • You find it difficult to follow group conversations

The good news is that hearing aids can help, by enhancing your existing hearing to make sounds louder and clearer, therefore dramatically improving your quality of life. If you feel that you are suffering from hearing loss, you should contact McCreesh Hearing on 0781 069 7470 to get your hearing assessed by qualified hearing aid audiologist.

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