Our sense of hearing is more complex than just the ability to detect sound. Just like our sense of sight, hearing guides us in our everyday life. It enables us to socialize, work and communicate. Losing your sense of hearing is a serious problem. There are different causes of hearing loss. Not all of these be treated successfully. Such problem is usually caused by disease, genetics, aging and noise.
General Types of Hearing Loss
There are three types of hearing loss, the Conductive hearing loss, Sensorineural hearing loss and the Mixed hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss involves an inbred absence of ear canal or the failure of it to be open at birth, malformation, or dysfunction of the middle ear structures. These causes may be surgically corrected.
Sensorineural hearing is caused by exposure to loud noises, head trauma, hearing loss that runs in the family, aging, virus or disease. Mixed hearing is mostly caused by the conductive component. These types are categorized by which part of the auditory system is damaged.
What Can Hearing Loss Affect?
Hearing loss is a critical problem and must be attended to right away. The effects of this complication are consequential and must have the right attention as early as the symptoms occur. Negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects happen during hearing loss and each of these effects are affecting other health concerns due to stress.
Untreated hearing loss is linked to:
- Irritability, negativism, and anger
- Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- Social rejection and loneliness
- Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- Reduced job performance and earning power
- Diminished psychological and overall health
What You Should Know
Hearing loss can strike anytime and at any age even during childhood. For the young ones, hearing loss will immediately affect one’s learning, developing speech and building the important interpersonal skills necessary to foster self-esteem and succeed in school and life in general.
Our ears are delicate structures that can be harmed in many ways so it’s not always possible to prevent hearing loss. However, there are assessments advised by the professionals in preventing this problem.
Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Hearing loss is one of the most common occupational illnesses. This has many causes as well, from a single shot of a shotgun to excessive volume of music, and others.
Being aware of the causes and effects of almost anything in our everyday life is very helpful in terms of preventing such problems. One of the warning signs of hearing loss is ringing or buzzing in your ears after exposure to noise. You can notice that you can hear people talking but you have difficulty understanding them after exposure to noise, and you experience “fullness in your ears after leaving a noisy area.
Always be on alert to risks of hazardous noise in your life. Knowledge on hearing loss is too important to disregard. Make sure that you and your family, friends, and colleagues know the hazards of noise and how they can protect themselves.
Beltone DFW provides the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with hearing specialists that can help you through the process. And if necessary they are experts at finding the right devices for you. Give us a call today at (888) 958-8432 or schedule an appointment online to begin exploring your options.