Hearing Loss Overview
Understanding Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can range from mild to profound and can impact anyone at any age. Hearing loss isn’t just about missing out on some of the sounds around you. It can influence your emotional well-being, relationships, career, and overall quality of life.
Hearing loss is a multifaceted condition that needs a comprehensive approach to diagnosis, treatment, and management. At Adept Audiology, we prioritize not only the clinical aspects but also the emotional and social dimensions of hearing loss. We’re here to help you manage hearing loss, regain confidence, build connections, and enjoy all of life's sounds.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
Causes of Hearing Loss
Understanding the cause of your hearing loss can help us offer the best treatment option, and help you safeguard your hearing.
One common cause of hearing loss is aging. Age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, is a natural part of the aging process and often involves difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds and speech clarity. Age-related hearing loss happens when the cells in the inner ear are damaged and can’t help you hear the sounds around you.
Prolonged exposure to loud noises is another common cause of hearing loss. Loud noises can include concerts, sports venues, recreational activities, workplace environments, or personal audio devices. When these sounds are very loud, they can damage the cells in the inner ear and cause hearing loss.
Some forms of hearing loss can be hereditary, caused by your genes. Certain medical conditions can also impact your hearing health. For example, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and otosclerosis are all linked to hearing loss. Other medical concerns, like chronic or severe ear infections, can also lead to hearing loss.
Types of Hearing Loss
Is Hearing Loss Impacting You?
Hearing loss can have a profound impact on your life.
Hearing loss can make it difficult to engage in conversations, leading to frustration and misunderstandings. In the workplace, hearing loss can make it harder to do your job, hinder communication, and even impact your ability to get a promotion.
If you have untreated hearing loss, you may be tempted to withdraw from social activities and avoid gatherings since it’s so hard to follow conversations and participate. This can leave you feeling isolated and alone. Hearing loss can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and reduced self-esteem.