What Are The First Signs Of Hearing Loss And What Can You Do?

What Are The First Signs Of Hearing Loss And What Can You Do?

Robert Brewer . Posted in Health No Comments

Do you or someone you love often find it difficult to follow a conversation complaining of others volume level, inability to articulate, or find it necessary to have the same information repeated due to lack of comprehension? Do others state you listen to the television louder than the average viewer or confuse statements or misinterpret their information to you?

If you can answer yes to these questions, it may be time to have a professional assess your hearing for loss or impairment. Hearing loss can be categorized into two main types including Conductive Hearing Loss (CHL) and Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL).

Conductive Hearing Loss is due to a mechanical problem occurring in the middle or outer ear. There are three tiny bones known as ossicles that work together alongside the eardrum to conduct sounds, if there is an issue in or around these structures, impairment can occur. The most common causes of CHL include obstruction (something is stuck in the ear blocking the proper sounds conduction) such as fluid or a foreign object, damage to the eardrum such as a tear or scarring, or excessive wax build-up altering or preventing the sound conduction. Most causes in this type of impairment can be reversed allowing for return to full or near full function.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss is more complicated and has a less chance of reversal as it has to do directly with the nerves that related to hearing and internalizing sound. The nerves may have suffered irreparable damage due to disease or illness and have ceased to function. Common causes include age-related hearing loss, Acoustic Neuroma (benign tumor of the inner ear), Meniere’s Disease (disorder of the inner ear affecting both balance and hearing) genetic conditions, a variety of infections, and repeated exposure to loud noise to name a few.

Hearing Loss Signs
and Symptoms to look out for:

  • Any changes in ability to hear (voices, telephone calls, television programs)
  • Sounds that seem excessively loud while others may be barely audible
  • Difficulty hearing in busy or noisy environments
  • Any buzzing, pressure, or ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty distinguishing sounds from one another (example an “s” vs. “th” sound)
  • Greater difficulty hearing women’s and children’s voices compared to the lower pitches of men
  • Voices sounds muffled, mumbled, or slurred to you
  • You require frequent repetition
  • You have difficulty following a conversation with multiple participants
  • You turn your television or radio up louder than your normally would
  • You are beginning to rely on people faces and lips when they are speaking to help you understand their words
  • You are beginning to suffer from stress, embarrassment, or nervousness when involved in social situations/conversations

What can you do to restore sound function?

  • If the problem is mechanical, and something is blocking the ear resulting in Conductive Hearing Loss the first step is to see what matter is blocking the canal. Check for a waxy build-up and if present it may be removed by flushing the ear with ear syringes and warm water. If the wax has hardened and become stuck, softeners may be required (Talk to your pharmacist for options).
  • If it is not wax rather foreign matter blocking the canal, it may need to be removed with the help of your medical doctor, have a family member shine a flashlight into the canal to check for any signs of matter including wax, dried blood, or otherwise.
  • Ear candling or coning is an alternative therapy that may help clear the canal and help with ear aches, wax removal, tinnitus, infection, and more. It is performed by a therapist that uses a hollow, cone shaped candle that is placed in the ear while the other end is lit creating a vacuum seal to help remove wax or debris.
  • Visit a Chiropractor. Have your Chiropractor assess for bone misalignment that may be compressing nerves that directly relate to the function of hearing and balance. Chiropractic Adjustments can relief the pressure from the nerves and restore proper nerve conduction often resolving the complications of ear infections, conduction, and balance.

It’s time to call a Hearing professional like Toronto’sHearing Solutions if…

  • Your hearing loss persists and begins to interfere with work and recreational lifestyle
  • The loss worsens or changes
  • The loss is different or worse in one ear
  • It is associated with pain
  • You have a sudden onset of hearing loss or ringing in the ears (Known as tinnitus)
  • You have a new headache unlike one experienced previously
  • You are experiencing weakness or numbness anywhere on your body

V dozzie R who born in the year 1981 in Toronto. Who currently works in a private organization in Ontario. He likes helping people and he is an active member of many welfare organizations. He tooks  training sessions  for hearing disabled person. You can follow him throuh twitter. https://twitter.com/VdozzieR

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Robert Brewer

Robert Brewer has been in the health industry since 1990. He specializes in the fat injection treatment and other skin rejuvenation treatments. Born and brought up in the Toronto city, Robert Brewer completed his residency in Plastic surgery at the university of Western Ontario. For more information, follow him on twitter

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