Hearing loss, also known as hearing impairment, is the second most common health condition experienced by Australians, affecting one in six people – that’s 3.5 million of us. Hearing loss can make every-day tasks very frustrating, but thankfully, there are solutions available that can minimise your hearing loss deteriorating faster and give back some of the sounds you are missing. Hearing aid is one of the easiest and unobtrusive solutions, others include cochlear implants, medication and surgery.
Hearing loss may occur in one or both ears, and can be temporary or permanent. If hearing problems go untreated, they have the potential to get worse. There are two main types of hearing loss:
- Sensorineural hearing loss: occurs when the tiny hair cells in the inner ear are damaged. Causes of sensorineural hearing loss can be age, long-term exposure to loud noise, and certain diseases. While sensorineural hearing loss is permanent, hearing aids can still have a very positive effect.
- Conductive hearing loss: occurs when the ears’ ability to conduct sound into the inner ear is blocked or reduced. Common causes include a build-up of earwax, a punctured eardrum, and infection. Most cases of conductive hearing loss are temporary and treatable.
Educating yourself on your hearing loss, whether it be on your behalf or that of a loved one, is the first step in managing it. Knowledge is power. Below are a few interesting statistics:
- By 2050, one in four Australians are expected to have some kind of hearing loss.
- Experts believe that 37% of the hearing loss experienced by individuals was caused by preventable and repeated exposure to loud noise.
- Hearing loss is diagnosed when hearing testing finds that a person is unable to hear 25 decibels in at least one ear.
- Among elderly adults with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, only about 30% have ever used one.
- Nine out of ten hearing aid users report improvements!
Hearing loss can be stressful and confusing. But we want you to know that you’re not alone.
Here at The Hearing Care Shop, we’re here to support you and help you find the best solution for your needs. If you’re interested in learning more about hearing loss, or if you’re ready to purchase a hearing aid, contact us today. Let us help you gain your quality of life back.