What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss is a reduced ability to hear sounds. Hearing loss can occur at varying degrees and can happen for a number of reasons. Hearing loss can range from mild to profound and can happen suddenly or gradually over time. Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions that affects older adults and most of the time, can be managed by the use of hearing devices. Our sense of hearing plays an important role in our overall health, safety and quality of life.
Are you experiencing listening gaps?
When it comes to hearing loss, individuals usually lose the ability to hear certain frequencies before others, creating gaps in what they are hearing. These listening gaps can make speech difficult to understand and conversations hard to follow, diminishing our engagement with the world.
Common Signs of Hearing Loss
- Feeling like people are always mumbling
- Listening to the television or radio at increased volume
- Not being able to hear music
- Having trouble hearing the voices of children
- Withdrawing from social activities and conversation
- Difficulty hearing in noisy environments like restaurants
- Difficulty hearing or understanding in group conversations
- Frequently asking people to repeat themselves or speak louder/more clearly
- Experiencing persistent ringing or other sounds in your ears or head
- Loved ones may be complaining or expressing concerns about your hearing ability
- Having difficulty understanding what people are saying
- Missing key words in a conversation
- Feeling drained/fatigued/irritable after long conversations or social events
Types of Hearing Loss
Do I need a hearing test?
If you find that are experiencing some difficulty in some of the areas mentioned above, it may be a good idea for you to get your hearing tested. This is a great way to gather information and empower yourself with knowledge that can support your health & wellness.
It is also a excellent opportunity to discover possible solutions to help you in these areas.
A hearing test done by a professional hearing practitioner can determine whether a hearing loss is present, what type and to what extent, as well as give you options on the next steps available to you.