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Hearing loss can develop if there is a problem with the hearing pathway at any point. If you have any worries about the reason of your hearing loss, you should consult an Audiologist.
Types of Hearing Loss
A condition in the outer or middle ear causes conductive hearing loss. Among the most common causes are:
- Blockage due to wax
- Ear Drum with Perforations
- Otosclerosis is a hereditary disorder in which bone forms around the stapes bone in the middle ear, preventing vibrations from reaching the inner ear.
These circumstances limit the volume of sound but, thankfully, do not influence its clarity. Medical treatment is readily available, but if it is not possible, most people find that amplification with a hearing aid is very helpful.
An issue with the inner ear causes sensorineural hearing loss. Among the most common causes are:
- Natural Ageing
- High Exposure to Noise
- Meniere's disease and meningitis
- Injury to the head
The clarity and loudness of sound are both reduced due to these factors. Because medical treatment is rarely accessible, it is usually a permanent loss that necessitates the help of an audiologist who can prescribe a hearing aid that can restore clarity by boosting only the pitches that have been affected.
Effect of Age
Hearing loss is mainly caused by progressive destruction to microscopic hair cells in the inner ear as people age. These hairs transmit sound vibrations to our hearing nerve, which subsequently sends messages to our brain. These hairs can eventually collapse, resulting in permanent hearing loss.
High-pitched noises are generally the first to leave, making it harder to hear and understand what others are saying. The damaged high-pitch hearing range includes sounds like p, b, d, k, s, f, t, z, and ch. These sounds are required to comprehend speech; without them, everything sounds garbled.
The ears’ capacity to hear low-frequency background noises like cars, crowds, and air conditioning units exacerbates the problem.
Impact of Noise
Noise-induced hearing loss is a significant issue in the industrial sector. Consider spending 40 years or more of your career operating a pneumatic drill or working in a noisy environment. It’ll undoubtedly have an impact.
Noise at this level kills the microscopic hairs in the ear, resulting in irreversible hearing loss. While you can still hear, voice clarity deteriorates, making everything sound muffled and distorted. Simple conversations in locations with background noise become incredibly difficult as a result of this.
Hearing Loss Consequences
Hearing loss has three major effects, each of which has its own set of drawbacks. We can go a long way to combating each of these repercussions, thanks to current technology, and help recover your hearing.
Take a look at the main effects of hearing loss in the table below.
Impaired Capacity to Hear Noise
The inability to hear the complete range of pitches that make up the sounds around you is the most prevalent symptom of hearing loss. Many people can hear low-pitched sounds like crowds, air conditioners, and other background noises, but they struggle to hear the higher-pitched notes that make speech clear and easy to understand.
Inability to Distinguish between the Intensity and Timing of Sounds in each Ear
Another important but less common complication of hearing loss is the inability to distinguish between noises that arrive in one ear slightly softer than the other — and at slightly different levels. This happens to every one of us at some point in our lives, but our brain's ability to coordinate these noises can deteriorate over time. It might be difficult to tell where speech is coming from, and background noise can be tough to ignore as a result. With a variety of cutting-edge gadgets at our disposal, we're confident that we'll be able to find a solution that will help you re-align your hearing.
The Brain's Inability to Translate Sound into Meaning
When others chat around you, it's possible that you won't be able to hear everything. This can result in a Central Auditory Processing deficit, in which the brain actually forgets the meaning of speech, making simple conversations difficult to grasp. When talking to friends and family, people with hearing loss frequently have to concentrate much harder, resulting in 'listening fatigue.' We can help you retrain your brain to understand the speech around you by using our high-quality hearing devices to help make communication plain again.