Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent sometimes hearing loss will come as you get older but having hearing loss can happen suddenly, you can see your doctor surgery if you are having symptoms of hearing loss. The signs and symptoms that you might have hearing loss is difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they have to talk about or say surely if people are speaking around a noisy places such as:
- Coffee shops
- Asking people to repeat themselves
- Listening to music or watching TV loudly
When to get medical help?
You can get medical help if you think you are losing your hearing loss:
- If you or a child suddenly lose hearing in 1 or both ears you can call your GP or NHS 11 as soon as possible
- If you think that you or your child’s hearing is getting gradually worse then you can make an appointment to see your GP
- If you are concerned about a friends or family members hearing you can tell them to see there GP
When you have contacted your GP your GP will ask you about your symptoms and look inside your ears by using a small handheld torch with a magnifying lens. They can also so some simple checks of your hearing.
The causes of Hearing loss
Hearing loss can have a lot of different causes which are:
- Sudden hearing loss in 1 ear which may be caused by earwax or an ear infection
- Sudden hearing loss in both ears which may be caused by damaged from a very loud noise or taking certain medicines that can affect your hearing
- Gradual Hearing Loss in 1 ear which may be caused by something inside the ear such as fluid or a build up of skin cells
These different causes will give you an idea of what is causing your hearing loss but you may have to speak to your GP to get a proper diagnosis. It might not always be possible to identify an obvious problem with your ears.
Treatment for Hearing loss
Hearing loss can get better by its own or you can get treated with medicine for example earwax can be softened with eardrops but sometimes with gradually hearing loss this can happen as you get older this maybe permanent but treatment can be provided for you the treatments which is available is listed below:
- Hearing Aids
- Cochlear Implants
- Different ways of communicating
What is a Hearing Aid?
A hearing aid can be described as a small, wearable electronic device which enables a person to hear sounds better and understand speech more clearly, providing an overall improvement in communication ability. Also a hearing aid works by amplifying sound through a three part system. The microphone receives sound and converts it into a digital signal.
The amplifier increases the strength of the digital signal. The speaker produces the amplified sound into the ear.
What is a Cochlear Implant?
A cochlear implant provides a sensation of hearing to people who have a permanent severe to profound deafness and cannot hear the full range of speech sounds with standard hearing aids. A cochlear implant has two parts as one is a worn like a hearing aid behind the ear and clips onto the clothes and the other is surgically implanted.
A cochlear implant turns the sound into electrical signals instead of simply making sounds louder like a conventional hearing aid would the Cochlear Implant provides a sensation of hearing by directly stimulating the auditory nerve by using electrical signals.
Different ways of communicating
Sound language is expressed by movements of the hands and face. It is the primary language and is used by many those who have hearing loss.
Preventing hearing loss
Its very complicated to not prevent hearing loss but there are so much simple things that you can reduce the risk of damaging your hearing these are:
- Not having your TV, radio or music on too loud.
- Using your headphones that block out more outside noise instead of turning up the volume.
- Wearing ear protection at loud concerts and other events where there are high noise levels.
- Not inserting objects into you or your children’s ears this includes cotton buds , cotton wool and tissues.