Hearing Loss Overview
How do we hear?
What causes hearing loss?
Signs you have hearing loss
Hearing loss usually occurs slowly, so at first you may not perceive it. Here are some tell-tale signs to look out for:
- You can hear but don’t always understand
- You're turning up the TV louder than your family wants.
- In cafes and restaurants, you find it difficult to follow the conversation.
- You're having a hard time listening on the phone.
- Sometimes you ask people to repeat what they're saying.
- Your partner complains that you're not listening to them.
- Others mumble all the time.
You might have hearing loss if you answer yes to any of these statements. A hearing test is the best way to find out. If you also hear sounds inside your ears or head like ringing or whistling, this may be tinnitus, which is often associated with hearing loss.
What we can do?
The great news is that the majority of hearing disorders can be improved with the right hearing aids. Once you've found the right pair for you, you can stop asking people to repeat themselves. You can watch TV at the same volume as your family. You can participate and live life to the fullest again, engaged in all your favorite activities.
Taking charge of your hearing will be one of the best decisions you have made not just for yourself, but your partner, family and friends.