Prevalence

Most of the people were born with normal hearing. We enjoy listening to music, talk with little effort in noisy restaurants, even when there are people speaking, and waiters rushing about. One day, you find it more and more difficult to follow conversations, and find yourself exhausted and left out after pretending that you can hear after a long period of being in the crowd.

1 in 6 adults experience some degree of hearing loss, and very often the hearing gets worse when we age.

Signs

People with hearing loss often find themselves:

  • Difficult to follow conversations in noisy situations like restaurants or in situations where they are far away from speakers such as in church or outdoor areas
  • you have to ask people to repeat themselves more frequently than you used to
  • you may turn up the volume of TV or radio, louder than people who live with you need, or even missing out the doorbell
  • you struggle to hear on the phone, and understanding the other side becomes harder
  • you struggle to hear on the phone, and understanding the other side becomes harder

Different Kinds of Hearing Loss

The nature of hearing loss in adults and children can be differentiated into 3 categories: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss and mixed hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss: often resulted from malformation of the outer ear or middle ear structures, chronic middle ear infection, perforated eardrum, earwax obstruction, etc. Conductive hearing loss could be referred to medical experts for treatment, and the communication issue as a consequence of the untreatable conductive hearing loss can be resolved by hearing aids.

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss: could be developed as a result of noise exposure for long period, aging (presbycusis), inner ear disease including infection or autoimmune disease, ototoxic drugs, hearing loss that runs in the family, etc. Most of the sensorineural hearing loss are irreversible yet could be managed by EasyHear. Attention should be paid on sudden hearing loss or hearing loss which is linked to other symptoms which might need medical intervention. Explore more information here and find a professional to learn more about your current hearing status!

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss: can result from the combination of the above causes of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Audiological and medical intervention plans are often used in combination for the best treatment outcome.

Consequence of untreated hearing loss

Untreated hearing loss was found to be linked to dementia and the decrease of other cognitive abilities. People who have their hearing loss untreated, compared with those who do not have hearing loss, experienced a 30-40% higher risk of having their thinking abilities decline. Adults who have hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia, and the trend goes up with the severity of hearing loss.

Keep the conversation ON

Don’t lose faith on having conversation with others because of the hearing difficulties! You are not alone; just keep calm to learn more about how to cope with the communication issue with the world’s champion amplification device – the EasyHear!