You can be born with hearing loss, develop it over time or sustain it during an accident. Losing your hearing is difficult regardless of when or how it occurs as your ability to verbally communicate becomes limited.
Hearing loss is especially common in adults older than 65 – but it also affects young adults and children.
To protect your hearing, regardless of your age, you can:
- Limit how often you are exposed to excessive noise
- Turn down the volume on televisions, radios, stereos, and MP3 players
- Buy quieter products by comparing dB ratings – the smaller the rating, the better
- Reduce the number of noisy appliances running at the same time in your personal environment
- Confirm with your employer they are adhering to WHIMIS regulations for hearing protection for at-risk occupations
- Wear hearing protection such as foam or silicone plugs if you use noisy equipment – these are available through pharmacies, sporting goods stores, and safety equipment stores.
Hearing Loss Types
There are three main types of hearing loss.
- Conductive hearing loss is a problem in the outer or middle area of the ears.
- Sensorineural occurs in the inner ear.
- Mixed hearing loss is a combination of the two.
The hearing health professionals at K & H Audiology will determine which type of hearing loss you are experiencing.
There are many signs of hearing loss, including misunderstanding when people are speaking with you and having to turn up the TV volume in order to hear dialogue.
Often it’s friends and family members who first notice that there is a hearing impairment.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Hearing loss treatment begins with testing and evaluation. Based on the results of the testing, the most appropriate solution is recommended – considering issues such as the degree of hearing loss, personal preference and lifestyle.
The hearing health care professionals at K & H Audiology are experts in diagnosing and treating hearing loss.