Prevent Hearing Loss or Complete Deafness

If you or your child suffers from hearing loss, it is imperative to visit the Ear Institute for a proper hearing test. Certain conditions, if left untreated can lead to partial or complete deafness. People rely on their hearing for communication even more than on their eyes. With their eyes they see the things around them, but with their ears they listen, which enables them to communicate and thus interact with others in a meaningful and unhindered manner.

Partial deafness can affect social interaction, academic performance and self-esteem. It can also lead to misunderstandings and even injuries. Hearing loss or deafness, whether partial or complete can be described as the condition where a person’s hearing is affected in a manner that hinders communication or understanding as compared to that experienced by a normal hearing person.

Start of Hearing Loss

The problem may begin in the outer ear and is then referred to as conductive hearing loss or it can start at the inner ear. In the latter case it will be referred to as nerve deafness or sensory-neural hearing loss.

The medical care professionals at our Institute will perform the necessary tests to determine the level of hearing and to diagnose the source of hearing loss. Nerve deafness can now be treated or the symptoms thereof relieved through the wearing of a hearing aid.

It is imperative to identify any problems as early as possible to minimise damage and the effects it can have on your life. Some of the signs to pay attention to:

  • Struggling to distinguish speech in noisy areas such as restaurants or classroom setups.
  • Constant or regular ringing in the ears.
  • Although you may hear the conversation you may find it difficult to understand what the person says.
  • You may find that you need to ask people to repeat what they have said on a regular basis.
  • People complain that you turn the audio on the television too loud.
  • You may struggle to hear everyday noises such as a faucet dripping or the sound of the flicker light in your vehicle.
  • People don’t seem to speak clearly.
  • You may struggle to follow a conversation in a crowd.
  • You struggle to follow conversations over the telephone.
  • People complain that you speak too loudly or sometimes no not clear enough.

Why Does Hearing Loss Occur?

Deafness and hearing loss may be the result of an injury or illness. It can also become prevalent because of ear wax build-up, infection, aging or long term exposure to loud noise. Many people experience deafness as the result of a family history of such.

Various Types

Not all hearing loss is on the same level. You may experience only mild hearing loss up to the level of complete deafness. Mild can be described as not being able to hear soft sounds or speech in crowds or noisy environments.  Profound on the other end of the spectrum refers to a condition where you can only hear very loud sounds, but cannot understand communication without the assistance of a hearing aid.

Take pro-active steps to prevent partial or complete deafness. Make an appointment for a hearing test today.

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