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October 02, 2014 | Posted in Nu Life | Be the first one to comment

HEARING LOSS: THE SILENT IMPAIRMENT
by Ryan Steckley H.I.S
 

   As we approach the end of 2014, I have noticed a steady increase in the concern of hearing loss and how it affects our daily lives. So my question to the public who are concerned about hearing loss is: are people becoming more aware of hearing loss because of the fact that they cannot hear as well as they used to? Or, is it that people are becoming more educated in the subject and issues surrounding hearing loss and are interested in preventavtive measures?
 
Lets look into some vital signs of hearing loss and what to expect with a hearing impairment. But before we get into the subject of signs of hearing loss, lets first examine some interesting facts on hearing loss.

 
  • Statistics show that 1 out of every 10 people suffer from a hearing loss
  • By age 50, approximately 1 in 8 people have a hearing loss
  • By the age of 75, it is estimated that at least 50% of people experience some sort of difficulty.

So, What causes a hearing loss? And What are some signs of a hearing impairment?

    A hearing impairment can be caused by many common factors such as; a medical impairment (presbycusis, meniere’s, head injury, etc.), medications (ototoxic drugs), and loud noise exposure (rock concerts, factory). A hearing loss can be immediate in many instances (head trauma); howevere, it is usually cumulative from noise exposure. Repeated exposure to noise has caused millions of Canadians to lose part or all of their hearing and can contribute to approximately 1/3 of hearing loss cases. Such environmentally produced hearing loss has no medical or surgical treatment except for cochlear implants for the
severely or profound impaired. How, hearing aids and other assisted devices can be very helpful. Once the nerve receptors located within the inner ear are damaged, hearing loss transpires and is irreversible.
A person who has developed a hearing loss, typically notices more difficulty with higher pitched sounds such as, sh, th, and s. There may be more difficulty hearing female voices or carrying on a conversation while in background noise.


So, ask yourself the following:
 
 
 
  • Do you often ask people to repeat what they’ve said?
  • Do you often respond out of context?
  • Do people tell you that the television is too loud?
  • Do you have difficulty over the telephone?
  • Do you have difficulty understanding people when they do not face you?
   If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you may have a hearing loss, and even a mild hearing loss causes communication breakdown, making conversations difficult to follow.
Consequently, if you think that you may have developed a sign of a hearing loss your next step is to visit a Hearing Health Care Professional to have a hearing test to determine a baseline of you hearing ability. You may also find that improving on your communication stratagies and simply informing others that you do have difficulty hearing, will supplementary develop you ability to follow conversation. Furthermore, remember that you are not alone. Millions of Canadians of all ages are struggling with hearing loss. So act now, speak to you local Hearing Health Care Professional to inqure what can be done for you.
 

 


 


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