Helping you understand hearing loss.
Hearing and Your Brain
Hearing loss doesn’t only affect your ears—it happens in your brain. When you can’t hear clearly because of hearing loss, your brain is missing the sounds it needs to remain active and healthy. Hearing loss can lead to other serious conditions such as cognitive decline, depression, and even dementia. It’s important to treat your hearing loss at the first signs and to monitor your overall hearing health if you are over the age of 50. Even though hearing loss can affect any one of any age, it is very common in adults over 50 years old. This is because as time goes on there is often a natural deterioration of the hair cells in the inner ear, which are responsible for hearing. When this happens this type of hearing loss is generally known as sensorineural hearing loss and affects the most people. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be caused by exposure to loud noise, head trauma, malformation of the inner ear, or can be hereditary. It’s important to treat hearing loss as soon as possible to prevent the regression of any speech comprehension or your ability to understand words and sounds. At Life Sounds Audiology, we can diagnose your hearing loss and help you find the right management plan so you don’t lose any more of your hearing ability or processing.
Hearing and Your Health
There are many causes of hearing loss, and sometimes it can be difficult without the proper help to determine what caused your hearing loss. Some believe hearing loss is the result of old age, however that’s simply not true. Any one of any age can have hearing loss, including children. It’s important to see an audiologist if you suspect you have hearing loss in order to prevent any further health conditions and to take the necessary steps to manage it. The inner workings of the ear are complex and are connected to the rest of the body. Hearing loss can be the result of another serious underlying health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. It’s important to talk to your physician about these conditions and to have your hearing tested regularly by an audiologist. Being proactive about your hearing healthcare can keep your overall health in check and ensure you are feeling your best.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss often occurs gradually, over a long period of time. It may be difficult to recognize that you have hearing loss since your brain will adjust to not hearing sounds. If a family member or friend has told you to have your hearing tested, then you most likely have hearing loss and have been missing out on sounds and conversations. Below are some of the most common signs of hearing loss, and if you notice any of the following signs contact us today.
- It seems as if people mumble
- You turn the TV volume up louder than you use to
- It’s difficult to understand the person on the other end of the phone
- You have a hard time hearing when there is background noise
- You can hear sounds but words are unclear
- You hear a ringing in your ears
- You frequently ask others to repeat themselves