Hearing Loss: Symptoms & Treatments
Hearing loss is a growing health concern in the US. Almost 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older have the condition. Around 28.8 million U.S. adults (around the same size as the entire population of Texas!) would notice a huge benefit from using hearing aids.
To treat your hearing loss, you must first understand it. There are two main types of hearing loss: sensorineural and conductive.
At Audiology Concierge Network, our providers generally focus on Sensorineural Hearing Loss as it is by far the most common and serious type. This hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the hair cells in the cochlea (found in the inner ear) or to the nerve pathways which lead from the inner ear to the brain. It is a permanent condition. There are two main causes of sensorineural hearing loss: aging and noise exposure.
There are various signs that you may be experiencing hearing loss:
The consequences of untreated hearing loss
Untreated hearing loss comes with an array of physical and psychological consequences that are not limited to the challenge of hearing others. It has been linked to depression and social isolation, and can make even the most outgoing individuals more introverted.
It has also been linked to a greater risk of falling and accidents. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reveal a three times increase in the risk of falls with those with even the mildest form of hearing loss. The risk increases the more severe the hearing loss becomes.
There is also a growing body of evidence that hearing loss can lead to dementia. Hearing loss was found in nine out of ten individuals with dementia in recent studies. How can we account for the link? Those with hearing loss are more likely shy away from other social events, which has itself been linked to faster cognitive decline. Another explanation is the changes in brain structure connected to hearing loss also have a negative effect on cognition.
The 5 benefits of treating hearing loss
Treating hearing loss can:
1. Help reconnect you with those you love
2. Help you feel safer on your feet
3. Make you more independent
4. Reduce the risk of dementia
5. Improve your quality of life
The most common treatment for hearing loss is the use of hearing aids. Hearing aids are more discreet, technologically advanced and easier to use than ever before. In a recent study, 74% of hearing aid owners were satisfied with their hearing aids.
If you’re concerned that you may have hearing loss, why not attend one of our hearing seminars or book a hearing session with a provider in your area today?
If you are hearing impaired, you will benefit from wearing hearing aids, period.
How much benefit will depend on many factors.
Your hearing loss didn’t happen overnight. It may take a while to get the maximum benefit from your hearing aids.
Choosing the right hearing professional is the most important decision a hearing impaired person can make when they’re finally ready to do something about their hearing problem. The correct hearing aid recommendation and fitting is highly dependent on the judgment and skill of the professional selecting the instrument.
The hearing aids we select for you are based on the results of the test, your budget, your lifestyle and a host of other factors. We promise to explain everything to you, without using a bunch of technical terms that are designed to confuse you further.
To give you a little bit of information about hearing aids in general, below is a list of the current styles we carry.
- Typically offers more power than a custom-made hearing aid
- Robust for active wears
- Suitable for all degrees of hearing loss
- Large, easy-to-use hearing aids that are very reliable
- Fits a large range of hearing loss
- Offers the greatest flexibility in programming
- Water resistant and very durable
- Allows natural sounds to enter the ear canal
- Can be selected, programmed and fit in a single visit
- Very discreet and appealing to people with cosmetic concerns
- Does not require custom molding
- Easy to insert into the ear because of its larger size
- Easy-to-operate larger features such as volume control
- Used to help mild to severe hearing loss.
- Barely visible in the ear
- Easy to use with the telephone
- May not fit well in small ears
- 100% Invisible when worn
- Hear clearly in noise
- Sculpted for your ear canal
- Highest definition sound quality
- Designed for daily removal
- Cosmetically desirable because these hearing aids are tiny in size
- Programmed to have automatic or push button settings
- Require good manual dexterity in order to place the hearing aid in the ears