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Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids
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Impacts of Untreated Hearing Loss
Those diagnosed with hearing loss typically wait around seven years before seeking professional treatment. Unfortunately, allowing hearing loss to remain untreated can have serious emotional, social, and cognitive impacts.
Degrees of Hearing Loss
There are many reasons for loss of hearing but the general categories describe the vast majority of cases:
- Age-related loss: Many people lose hearing due to deteriorating parts of the middle and inner ear. They also lose some transmitting capability from the inner ear to the brain. Age is also the main culprit in acquiring tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
- Injury and illness: Head and neck trauma can affect the ears and brain, causing temporary or permanent hearing loss. Birth injuries and defects are also common causes of poor hearing.
- Noise: Exposure to excessive and prolonged noise can cause severe hearing loss at any age.
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A condition that affects one in five adults is ringing in the ears, or tinnitus. This perceived noise when no external noise source is present is thought to be caused by deterioration of nerves, inner ear parts or tiny hairs that transmit sound to the auditory nerve.
The condition is rare in young people, so it is thought aging is the main factor. Tinnitus is usually accompanied by a hearing loss to some degree. The noise is also described as whooshing or buzzing and may be intermittent or steady.
- Brain training: The brain perceives sound by the signals sent to it through the auditory nerve. In some cases, the brain can be trained to “hear” this as background noise. This treatment is particularly effective for those with constant tinnitus, or a sound that is always “on” but does not significantly change.
- Anti-anxiety drugs: These medications have proven successful against the tension tinnitus can cause. Your doctor can explain this therapy and help decide if you are a candidate for these, which can be addictive.
- Hearing aids: These devices can be equipped with a tinnitus-masking feature that will combat the unwanted sounds. Since tinnitus is usually accompanied by hearing loss to some degree, this is a viable option for many sufferers.
- Behavioral therapies: Working with a psychologist can help alleviate the tension and anger that results from tinnitus.