What is hearing loss?Hearing loss may be a result of many different conditions,and the cause may lie in any part of the hearing system.At any age,hearing can be damaged gradually or suddenly.A hearing loss is often gradual and painless, in many case developing so slowly it is barely noticeable.People themselves do not realise that they have have hearing loss even though family members,office colleagues and friends may be quite aware of it.For some all sounds will be heard,but its volume is low..For others ,speech and music sound will be slightly distorted.Many actually find it difficult to clearly hear specific sounds such as conversation both in typical environments and from a distance.
What are the causes of hearing loss?The major causes of hearing loss in adults are aging (presbycusis), noise exposure, disease and injury. The major cause of hearing loss in children is ear infections. Hearing loss in children can also be caused by congenital or birth defects , disease and injury.
When do I need a Hearing Aid ?Difficulty in hearing in public gatherings -concert halls, theatres, houses of worship - where sound sources are far from the listener. Difficulty in understanding conversation within a group of people or when someone speaks to you in a whisper. Adults avoiding group meetings, social occasions, or family gatherings where listening may be difficult or where one may feel embarrassed about misunderstanding what is being said. Asking others to repeat themselves or listening to sounds or speakers with a cocked head.Misinterpreting a spoken message. Frustrating or emarrasing situation faced when speaking to friends ,relatives or any stranger due to hearing loss. You have difficulty hearing the television, radio or telephone at a normal level. Your hearing causes you to have arguments with family members and causes difficulties hinder your social life. You feel that you are impaired by your hearing problem.
To Brief it up :
- Missing words during conversation.
- Frequently asking people to repeat themselves.
- Difficult to follow conversation /speech in a group.
- Turning up the volume of your TV or Radio.
- Difficulty in carrying on a Telephonic Conversation.
- Finding it easier to understand menâs voice than Women's.
- Someone close to you mentioning that you might have hearing problem.
- People seeming to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to.
What are the negative effects of hearing loss?Hearing loss will manifest itself in several ways. A hearing impaired person will have difficulty in hearing consonants spoken in normal conversations because consonents are normally spoken at higher frequencies and softer volumes, and vowels at lower frequencies and louder volumes.Hearing loss can dramatically change the affected person's lifestyle. Adults having hearing loss may start isolating themselves from family and friends and show reluctance in participating in public events. Children with hearing loss may get negatively affected in their ability to learn, develop communication skills and to interact with others.
What are the different types of hearing losses?Hearing loss can occur anywhere in the auditory system. Hearing loss in the outer or middle ear is termed as "conductive loss." where as loss in the inner ear is called "cochlear," which is also called "sensorineural." A person with both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss combined, it said to have "mixed loss ."Another type of hearing loss is associated with the central auditory nervous system, which includes the auditory nerve, the brainstem and the brain.
How many people suffer from hearing loss?Worldwide over 800 million people, more than 16 percent of the world's population, have hearing loss and experts predict this will to increase to 1.1 billion by 2015.
Who are the most common victims of hearing loss?
The most common occurance of hearing loss is significantly found in individuals over the age of 55. Hearing impairment affects between 20% and 30% of this age group. Hearing impairment is the second-most prevalent chronic condition, behind only deformities or orthopedic impairments such as spinal curvatures and flat feet, among people under the age of 65.
Aren't there operations or medications I can take for hearing loss?Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss (95%) are treated with hearing aids.
Are hearing aids battery operated?Yes.All hearing aids in the world are battery operated.Every hearing aid takes a specific size battery. Companies now have a new-color coded system to help customers better remember and match their battery with their aid. Look through your hearing aid manual to determine the size. For future reference just remember your color to purchase the correct size.
Yellow - Size 10, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Orange - Size 13, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Brown - Size 312 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Blue - Size 675
What sort of changes will I have to make in my life once I have a hearing aid?First, understand that a hearing aid will not completely restore your hearing. What it will do is enhance sound so you can hear better. Since hearing loss is gradual, over the years you may have become unaccustomed to normal environmental sounds such as traffic noise, the hum of a refrigerator or background conversation. When you begin wearing a hearing aid, you will need to re-educate your brain to practice selective listening, the ability to choose only those sounds which you wish to hear.
Wear your hearing aids as much as possible so you will be come skilled at recognizing sound direction, learning what hearing aid settings work best in different situations.