Untreated Hearing Loss
Many Americans think hearing loss is no big deal. Sure, they might miss a few words here and there, but that doesn’t really matter, right? Wrong! The fact is that untreated hearing loss leads to a host of negative health outcomes, such as lower quality of life, social isolation and depression, lower wages, increased risk of dementia, memory loss, and higher rates of unemployment. Untreated hearing loss also contributes to expensive medical bills from other health issues like high blood pressure, heart problems, and an increased risk of falls.
Recognizing Hearing Loss
The first step to catching hearing loss is to recognize the signs and symptoms of hearing loss. The earliest sign of hearing loss is having trouble following conversations, both in person and over the phone. Conversations often become more challenging in places with a lot of noise, since your ears are no longer able to distinguish between important speech sounds and distracting noises. For many, its sounds as though everyone is mumbling. You might feel like you can hear just fine but can’t actually understand what’s been said. Do you turn up the volume on the TV or ask people to repeat themselves many times? It’s time to face the facts and recognize the signs of hearing loss.
Types of Hearing Loss
There are three main types of hearing loss, and it’s important to know what kind of hearing loss you have.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors, from illnesses like mumps and measles to conditions like ear infections. Other causes of hearing loss include injuries to the head or ears, certain medications, a build-up of earwax, or exposure to dangerously loud sounds. Aging is also a factor in hearing loss, and many people suffer from sensorineural age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis.
Getting regular hearing tests will help you notice your hearing loss as soon as possible and seek treatment right away. A hearing assessment is a completely non-invasive, painless test to determine your level of hearing loss. To test your hearing, we’ll have you listen to sounds in high and low registers at various pitches. We’ll also do a visual exam by looking into your ears to make sure you don’t have any problems with the functioning of the outer or middle ear. Finally, we will ask you questions about your health history, so we can screen you for any health concerns that may impact your hearing health.