Hearing loss is still a common issue for the UK, approximately 1 in 6 people are affected by hearing loss. And as we get older the odds of this affecting us gets greater.
Deafness is the second largest disability within the UK which only makes it more important to learn about the main cause of hearing loss. In fact, more than 40% of people over the age of 50 suffer from hearing loss, that number growing to 71% of people over 70.
What can cause hearing loss?
There are many different situations that could cause someone to lose their hearing and as stated earlier there’s a high chance that someone you know can be doing damage to their hearing without knowing. However, some people lose the ability to hear naturally through age, genetics and some people through the build-up of ear wax.
Some people, unfortunately, do suffer hearing loss through other means, such as
- Exposure to loud noises (anything over 85 decibels)
- An acoustic tumour
- Diseases such as Diabetes and meningitis
- Some medication
- High Fever
Signs of hearing loss
Thankfully the early signs of hearing loss are easy to pick up on so that you can act immediately. It is recommended if you experience any of these signs to get yourself checked at a professional hearing care centre as soon as possible.
- Being able to distinguish words from background noise
- Often asking others to repeat themselves
- Sounds seem to be muffled
- Trouble hearing pitch frequency changes
- Trouble understanding women or children
- You have a history of working in loud environments
- A constant ringing or hissing sound
What can I do if I have these symptoms?
By researching the symptoms, you have already begun your first step to recovery. The next and possibly best step is to visit a hearing care centre and to check in with a professional. Or you could go to your local GP however they might refer you to a specialist. The solution may be as simple as removal of ear wax or can lead to further treatment such as hearing aids.
How can I prevent hearing loss?
There are ways to completely avoid losing your hearing to loud noise exposure. Avoiding situations where the sound can reach over 85 decibels is recommended (as loud as an average dishwasher).
- Avoid listening to music through headphones at full volume
- Wear protective hearing equipment when using power tools such as drill and angle grinders
- Wear earplugs or other ear protection when going to a concert or festival
- Keeping at a healthy weight
- Proper management of Diabetes
- Avoid smoking
The support and care accessible to someone with hearing loss
Research has shown that the use of hearing aids reduces the risk of loneliness, depression, removal from social events and emotional distress than those who don’t use hearing aids.
People who suffer from hearing loss have an increased chance of developing dementia. However, studies have shown that that risk is lowered using hearing aids.
Hearing aids help improve the quality of life for those who suffer from hearing loss. People with hearing aids feel more independent, less tired and can concentrate better.
I hope this information has been helpful for you or anyone you wish to share this with. We do recommend having yourself checked for any hearing loss regularly and to speak to our experts if you think you have noticed any signs that have been mentioned.
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