How can you determine whether or not you suffer from mild hearing loss?
Mild hearing loss may not sound like a serious problem, but it is. Any hearing threshold between 25-40 dB is considered mild hearing loss.
Those with mild hearing loss can usually hear speech sounds when a person is talking near them, as long as they are in a quiet environment. They have difficulties when there are sounds that are competing for their attention, such as noise and speech that happen at the same time. They have the ability to hear people who speak loudly, but in some of these instances they tend to hear people mumbling. Most people who have mild hearing loss described a sensation of having an ear full of earwax, and could hear like normal as soon as it was cleared out.
Some consonant sounds are difficult to understand
Consonant sounds like f, k, s, sh, have a soft noise. As a result, individuals who have mild hearing loss will have problems with identifying those sounds. They may assume that people are not verbalizing their words clearly.
Fortunately, for those who suffer from mild hearing loss, hearing aids can help amplify those soft sounds. Hearing aids can also help with better speech comprehension, especially when there are noises competing for your attention.
In the past, most people did not bother to get treatment for their mild hearing loss because it wasn’t considered a serious matter. There is research being done to indicate that getting help for mild hearing loss can restrict additional damage to your hearing. There have been other studies that insist hearing aids can delay cognitive decline in elderly individuals.
If you, or a loved one, may be experiencing mild hearing loss or any other form of hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.