Hearing loss is a prevalent health problem for many Americans. The proper treatment should be based on how serious the hearing loss is, the possible underlying cause, what type of hearing loss you have and your lifestyle.
If you, one of your family members, or colleagues notices that you are not hearing clearly, it's time to get a hearing test.
Why Should You Get Treatment for Your Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss that goes untreated, has a negative effect on a child’s learning, development in language and socializing. Elderly adults who have hearing loss may exhibit frustration when following along in conversations. As a result, they may become socially isolated and stop doing things that they used to enjoy.
Individuals in their early to mid 60s, who have not received treatment for their hearing loss, have been prone to physical and psychological problems, which include anxiety, cognitive decline, depression and a higher risk of falling.
The Benefits of Hearing Aids
Research has shown that using hearing aids can decrease feelings of loneliness, slow down symptoms of dementia, and improve your overall quality of life.
Managing Age-related Hearing Loss
Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is the most prevalent type of hearing loss. As humans age, the hair cells in our ears become weaker and no longer function at their optimum level. About half of individuals who are 75-years-old or older, have some form of hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss is categorized as a type of sensorineural hearing loss. This indicates that it stemmed from the inner ear and/or auditory nerve, and is mainly caused by damage to the inner ear hair cells. Exposure to loud noises is also a main cause of hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent. Hair cells cannot be restored after they are damaged. Hearing aids are the best option for this type of hearing loss.
Hearing loss is common as you age. Unfortunately, the uncommon factor is actually getting treatment for it. The ability to hear is very important for your safety and quality of life.
How can hearing aids help?
During your initial fitting process, a hearing instrument specialist will patiently work with you in order to program the hearing aids to your specific needs. Digital hearing aids don’t simply amplify sounds, but they can also reduce background noise. They cannot completely restore your hearing back to normal, but they are very helpful if you suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss.
Hearing aids are available in the behind-the-ear (BTE) style, in-the-ear (ITE) style, receiver-in-canal (RIC) style - A.K.A. receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) style.
If you also have tinnitus, modern hearing aids have “tinnitus masking features”, which help drown out the buzzing, humming, or ringing noises. Discuss these options with your hearing instrument specialist.
Are you, or a loved one, experiencing hearing loss? If so, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation. Our hearing aid providers will go over hearing aid options that are most suitable for the hearing loss that you are experiencing.