Hearing Loss 

Many people find it hard to adjust and accept the fact that their hearing has declined. Although there are many causes of hearing loss these fall into three main categories.

Ageing

It is inevitable that your hearing will deteriorate as you grow older. This usually starts changing from the mid-40s and almost half of people over the age of 50 have difficulties understanding speech in noisy situations. This rises to over 75% once you reach your 80s. Other factors can also significantly accelerate this hearing loss.

Noise exposure

This is an increasing problem in our daily lives and may also cause permanent tinnitus. Working in a noisy environment for prolonged periods or rifle shooting is obviously damaging to your ears, but regularly listening to excessively loud music especially “personal” music players can also cause severe problems.

Other

Apart from congenital defects other causes of hearing loss include physical damage, disease, infection and some types of medication.

The range of hearing loss that people can experience can be anything from mild to severe or profound.

Audiogram showing severe to profound hearing loss in the right ear

Trying to live a normal life with hearing loss can be difficult. It is easy to feel left out. Simple things like taking part in a conversation take a lot more effort, even with only a partial loss of hearing. The good news is that there is a wide range of hearing aids available in different styles and designs that can help the majority of people suffering from hearing loss. This is why it is important to have a proper evaluation done with a consultant who can advise you to choose the type of hearing aid that is best suited to bring back a fuller sense of hearing.

Put simply, if you are currently struggling to cope, wearing the right kind of hearing aid could give you back your life again.