Who is Affected by Hearing Loss?
Many people think of hearing loss as “an old person’s problem” or “something that will never affect me because I hear just fine”. However, the truth of the matter is that hearing loss is a condition that can affect anyone of any age from newborns all the way up through the elderly. The truth is that hearing loss likely affects someone you know in some capacity, even if you are not actively aware of it.
How Common is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is the second most common health issue in the world. Hearing loss affects 1 in 6 Australians. Moreover, 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 experience some level of hearing loss. Hearing loss is not just caused by age but other factors can include birth defects, exposure to loud noises, the use of ototoxic medications, or even traumatic head injuries. These reasons for hearing loss mean it can affect virtually anyone of any age.
What is the Most Common Type of Hearing Loss?
One of the most typical types of hearing loss is called presbycusis a type of hearing loss that affects people primarily in their 50s-60s. The first type of hearing to go is usually the higher-frequency sounds. As presbycusis progresses it becomes harder to hear soft consonant sounds in speech and after some time it’s hard to have conversations in any room or setting with even some background noises.
Why is Hearing Loss Undetected?
Hearing loss is a common problem as it can progress very slowly and go undetected for years. People generally will adjust to the slow loss of hearing and many will not even know it’s happening. One of the first signs of hearing loss is the constant presence of tinnitus which is constant ringing in the ears. If this persists it may be a sign that you are suffering from some form or level of hearing loss.
What Can Be Done?
Hearing aids are the most common solution to hearing loss. These small devices go into your ears and can help restore your hearing loss. There are various types of hearing aids for varying degrees and types of hearing loss. Basic hearing aids can start at about $3800 and the most premium brands can cost up to $9000. Government funded programs, payment plans and payment assistance are available for people who qualify. Hearing aids are not only subtle and hardly noticed, they can also restore your quality of hearing which can improve the quality of life for someone with hearing loss.
For more information on getting fitted with a set of hearing aids if you are experiencing hearing loss please contact us.