What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss may be a result of many different conditions,and the cause may lie in any part of the hearing system.At any age,hearing can be damaged gradually or suddenly.A hearing loss is often gradual and painless, in many case developing so slowly it is barely noticeable.People themselves do not realise that they have have hearing loss even though family members,office colleagues and friends may be quite aware of it.For some all sounds will be heard,but its volume is low..For others ,speech and music sound will be slightly distorted.Many actually find it difficult to clearly hear specific sounds such as conversation both in typical environments and from a distance.

What are the causes of hearing loss?

  • Due to age.
  • Due to noise pollution.
  • Heredity.
  • Toxic medicines.
  • Injury.
  • Complication at birth.
  • Hobbies like shooting & explosives.

How should be tested/Symptoms of hearing loss?

  • Skeptical People.
  • Missing words when sitting in a group.
  • Hearing difficulty when watching T.V or listning music.
  • Difficult to understand speech.
  • Asking others to repeat themselves.

How does one get affected by hearing loss?

Hearing loss will manifest itself in several ways. A hearing impaired person will have difficulty in hearing consonants spoken in normal conversations because consonents are normally spoken at higher frequencies and softer volumes, and vowels at lower frequencies and louder volumes.Hearing loss can dramatically change the affected person's lifestyle. Adults having hearing loss may start isolating themselves from family and friends and show reluctance in participating in public events. Children with hearing loss may get negatively affected in their ability to learn, develop communication skills and to interact with others.

What are the different types of hearing losses?

Hearing loss can occur anywhere in the auditory system. Hearing loss in the outer or middle ear is termed as "conductive loss." where as loss in the inner ear is called "cochlear," which is also called "sensorineural." A person with both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss combined, it said to have "mixed loss ."Another type of hearing loss is associated with the central auditory nervous system, which includes the auditory nerve, the brainstem and the brain.

Can these Hearing losses be explained in more details?

A person is said to have conductive hearing loss if sound is prevented from moving from the external ear through the middle ear to the cochlea or if excessive ear wax or foreign objects are placed in the ear canal or if fluid gets accumulated in the middle ear or if damage is caused to the eardrum or middle ear mechanism.person suffering from these type of losses can often be treated by medical and/or surgical treatment .It can become permanent and pose a serious health threat without medical treatment. Sensorineural hearing loss is due to problems in the inner ear and/or neural network. While the outer and middle ear conduct vibrations to the inner ear, some of the sensory hair cells within the cochlea are damaged and fail to pick up the complete nature of the sound. Sensorineural loss can be caused by aging, extended exposure to loud noise, use of ototoxic drugs and certain diseases.Due to the irreversibility of this kind of hearing loss hearing aids are the most common form of treatment.

How many people suffer from hearing loss?

Hearing loss afflicts 300 million people worldwide.

Who are the most common victims of hearing loss?

The most common occurance of hearing loss is significantly found in individuals over the age of 55. Hearing impairment affects between 20% and 30% of this age group. Hearing impairment is the second-most prevalent chronic condition, behind only deformities or orthopedic impairments such as spinal curvatures and flat feet, among people under the age of 65.

When do I need a Hearing Aid?

Difficulty in hearing in public gatherings -concert halls, theatres, houses of worship - where sound sources are far from the listener. Difficulty in understanding conversation within a group of people or when someone speaks to you in a whisper. Adults avoiding group meetings, social occasions, or family gatherings where listening may be difficult or where one may feel embarrassed about misunderstanding what is being said. Asking others to repeat themselves or listening to sounds or speakers with a cocked head.Misinterpreting a spoken message. Frustrating or emarrasing situation faced when speaking to friends ,relatives or any stranger due to hearing loss. You have difficulty hearing the television, radio or telephone at a normal level. Your hearing causes you to have arguments with family members and causes difficulties hinder your social life. . You feel that you are impaired by your hearing problem.

How it helps?

  • To improve confidence of hearing well.
  • You can hear better sound qualities.
  • We can programme it according to your hearing loss.
  • It can adjust in any environment.
  • You can enjoy clear sound.

Is a hearing test painful?

Almost 80% of the hearing aids sold today, follow the 30-year-old technology that essentially delivers the poor sound quality of a 78-rpm record with only amplification adjustments, due to which their retail price is generally low. The remaining 20% of hearing aids employ technology similar to that used on audio cassette tapes. But now the introduction of digital technology has drastically improved the ability to process signals in hearing aids and to provide clearer and more natural amplification.

Where can a person get more information on hearing loss and about hearing aids?

Your general physician is the first person to diagonise your hearing loss.and make sure there are no other problems that could be medically or surgically corrected. Later a visit to a licensed Hearing Health Care Professional is suggested. Hearing Health Care Professional should not be selected on the basis of price. contact Hearing point.

What is the time duration for making of a new hearing aid?

The time taken after an ear impression is taken to the time the hearing aid is delivered to your dispenser can range from 3 days (if it is a rush order ) to two weeks, depending on your location, the time of year, your particular ear anatomy, and other factors.

How to choose a good hearing aid?

  • Consult to a audiologist.
  • Go for a hearing test.
  • Take a trial.
  • Make your budget.
  • Ask for warranty.