Hearing loss is a lot more common than most people think, but due to how little people actually know about the condition, it often goes under the radar. However, it’s still very important to look for ways to not only detect hearing loss but to actively prevent it as well.
So in this post, we’re going to look at a handful of crucial things that most people don’t actually know about hearing loss.
1. Hearing loss has many different knock-on effects
Hearing loss is usually associated with just your hearing ability, which is completely understandable given the name of the condition. However, hearing loss has many knock-on effects that are important to understand as well.
For instance, hearing loss can also lead to tinnitus due to similar circumstances that cause both conditions. Tinnitus can negatively affect your wellbeing, such as keeping you up at night or making it difficult to focus. Hearing loss can also affect your balance, such as making it difficult to walk in a straight line or even feeling dizzy after you get up from a sitting or lying position. These knock-on effects are often a nuisance, but they can get bad enough that it has a noticeable impact on your health.
2. Hearing loss is treatable in some cases
Hearing loss is an irreversible condition, but only if it’s caused by exposure to loud noises. This is because exposure to loud noises will damage the nerves in your inner ear, resulting in hearing loss. However, there are other causes of hearing loss that isn’t related to exposure to loud sounds.
For instance, impacted ear wax can also be a common cause of hearing loss. Ear infections may also cause temporary hearing loss, but it can be treated to restore your hearing as long as it hasn’t permanently damaged the nerves in your ear. This is why it’s vital to seek assistance as soon as possible if you have impacted ear wax or an ear infection. A meeting with your audiologist can also reveal if your hearing loss is being caused by something that can be treated.
3. Hearing loss can easily be diagnosed in a single meeting with your audiologist
People often don’t realize that a meeting with an audiologist doesn’t actually take very long. In fact, meeting with an audiologist is quick, painless and can quickly reveal if you have hearing loss or not.
In addition to being easy and quick to detect, your audiologist can also help with a number of follow-up needs. For instance, they can help you pick from a wide selection of different hearing aids should you want relief from your hearing loss, and they can also determine if there is something causing your hearing loss that can be treated.
Hearing loss doesn’t need to be a condition that worries you. Instead, it can be something that is easily treated or remedied with the right assistance and tools. We highly recommend that you visit an audiologist in the near future if you’re worried about your hearing health.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.