If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, you’re not alone. The most recent estimates from the US Department of Health and Human Services suggest about 15% of adults in the United States – over 37 million people – have some trouble hearing.
The symptoms of hearing loss can vary widely; some conditions, such as ear infections or overexposure to loud noise at concerts or sporting events can lead to temporary discomfort and difficulty hearing which often subsides in a few days. Diagnosing the exact cause and a course of treatment for hearing loss requires professional assistance, but there are certain indicators that you should visit one of our local practices.
These are all telltale signs of some form of hearing loss.
Three basic forms exist: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.
Conductive hearing loss means sound is somehow blocked from reaching the inner ear – ear wax, ear infection, foreign objects, or some physical damage can be the cause.
Sensorineural hearing loss is a nerve condition affecting how the inner ear perceives and translates sound, and is often treatable with hearing aids.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. This means the outer or middle ear and inner ear are damaged to some extent.
Test Your Hearing Now
There’s no replacement for a hearing evaluation with our hearing-care experts, but the help of online hearing screenings can provide useful feedback about your hearing health. Phonak offers a 3-minute online hearing test and Hearlikeme.com offers an online hearing loss simulator to help you understand mild and moderate hearing loss. Try them both buy clicking the following links:
Is it difficult to hear conversation in a moderately noisy setting such as a restaurant?
Are others asking you to turn down the TV or radio frequently?
Do you find yourself guessing at words often, sometimes incorrectly?
Are you uncomfortable in social situations because you are worried about hearing?
Do you ask others to repeat themselves often, more loudly or slowly?
Is most of what you hear muffled and difficult to make out, even though it is loud enough?
Are you cheating by reading lips, or relying on situational context?
Have multiple family members or friends approached you about your hearing?
Is it time to seek help?
Many people choose to live with their hearing loss, assuming treatment is expensive, difficult, and more trouble than it’s worth.
If you or a loved one answered yes to any of these questions it may be time for you to visit us about a solution.
Don't Wait Any Longer.
Studies show most adults wait 7 to 10 years before seeking treatment for hearing loss. However, left untreated, what starts as mild hearing loss can progress and worsen over time.