Hearing loss affects people of all ages from infants to seniors and may vary from a slightly noticeable mild loss to a severely acute and profound impairment. Symptoms of hearing loss can occur on one or both ears and have many reasons as to why they are present. Approximately 1 in 10 North Americans suffer from hearing loss and only 10% of those who suffer from this impairment have taken the steps necessary to improve it with the help of hearing aids.
The two most common forms of hearing loss are sensorineural and conductive, sensorineural being the most prevalent in adults due to presbycusis, or age related hearing loss. Presbycusis develops slowly as the person ages and affects mainly the inner portion of the ear called the cochlea. It can also be related to noise exposure and environmental factors. Here are some of the symptoms associated with age related hearing loss:
• Most commonly affects persons over the age of 50
• Difficulty in hearing normal conversation levels
• Inability to tolerate loud sounds
• Ringing/hissing/roaring in the ears referred to as tinnitus
The unfortunate reality is that some people tend to turn a “deaf ear” on the idea of hearing aids. Why miss the opportunity to reduce their stress and most importantly miss the sounds of life that we should all enjoy experiencing? There is the stigma of having to rely on a device, portraying the appearance of getting older, admitting that you have an impairment, and worry about what others might think of you.
The first step to addressing hearing loss is a FREE consultation and hearing screen test. A hearing screening will allow one of our Hearing Practitioners to explain what options may be available for further testing and/or appropriate treatment.