Understanding the Basic Facts About Hearing Loss
While most people think about hearing loss and think of the elderly, the truth is that it can happen to people at any age, and does. Even from birth many people right in the United States suffer from auditory impairments, while others develop them over time due to genetics, illness, or even lifestyle choices. In fact, about three million children at any given time find it difficult to hear, and the vast majority of cases go untreated for years, often blamed by Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities or laziness by parents and educators. Often false advice and warnings are given, while other good pieces of advice are ignored by the general public, largely because there is an absence of facts about what really can impact the way one hears over a lifetime.
Even less discussed are the treatment options, or the ways to truly identify a hearing problem in its early stages with the help of a licensed audiologist.Anyone suspecting he or she is suffering from an auditory problem should begin by seeing an audiologist for a test. Such tests generally involve a brief examination by the audiologist, followed by a test where the individual must identify a series of sounds. The results should be clearly printed out and explained at the end of any testing procedure. If not, ask the audiologist to take some time to sit down and speak with you before leaving. Make a point of being involved in your auditory health. Keep in mind that there are two basic types of loss, conductive and sensorineural aural plus.
The former is when the mechanism that conducts sound to the inner ear has some type of problem, and the latter when the auditory organ or nerve has a problem. While conductive loss can often be corrected with medication or surgery, sensorineural loss requires a chochlear implant, communication therapies, or other types of medical management. Both conditions, however, can be greatly improved through the use of hearing aids by the patient.A person at high risk for inducing hearing loss through behaviors might engage in dangerous activities like listening to headphones, the radio, or MP3 players at extremely high volumes regularly over long lengths of time.
Those who work around loud machinery without appropriate ear protection, or those who take a noisy form of public transportation, especially trains, regularly over time may also develop problems, ailments or loss.Dangers of an impaired ability to hear can include hazards walking in the street, driving a car, operating or working, and annoyances such as missing conversations, being unable to follow movies, television or music, and Tinnitus, or a ringing of the ears. Instead of being like the vast majority of people suffering from hearing loss and waiting the average of 7 years to seek help, why not see an audiologist at the first sign of trouble. Today’s treatments are generally noninvasive and easy to use. As technology continues to improve, digital hearing aids are easier to wear and adjust than ever before.