Hearing loss occurs when the nerves in the cochlea are damaged. These nerves send sound signals to the brain, when they are damaged the signal they send to the brain isn’t transmitted with the same quality. Hearing loss can be caused by a few different things including:
An infection or abnormal growth in any part of the ear
Earwax buildup can block areas of the ear canal and prevent sound waves from flowing through the ear efficiently
Damage to the ear drum caused by loud noise, infection, intense pressure changes, or having your eardrum poked directly
Some signs of hearing loss can be obvious, while others are very subtle. Listed below are some of the most common indicators of hearings loss.
Asking people to repeat what they said more often than normal
Consistently wanting to listen to the television/stereo/radio louder than normal
Difficulty hearing others over the phone
Difficulty hearing what people are saying unless they are facing you
Difficulty hearing people in a large group
Difficulty hearing whispers or soft spoken individuals
One of the most common ways to help treat hearing loss is with a hearing aid. Some people may just need a hearing aid in one ear, but others may need a hearing aid for each ear. Some hearing aids are stronger than others and every hearing aid has different qualities and features. It is important to consult a hearing specialist to determine which hearing aid is best for you. Below are a few things that you can expect while using a hearing aid.
Sounds will be louder
Makes it easier to understand people during a conversation
Some hearing aids can help you understand sounds easier in very noisy situations
Below are a few things that hearing aids cannot do:
They can’t stop the progression of your hearing loss
They can’t filter out background noise or separate the sounds you want to hear from the sounds you don’t want to hear.
They will not reverse your hearing loss or cure it
To find out more about treatments for hearing loss and how we can help you improve your quality of life call Odalys Alfonso at (954) 389-1414 or fill the short form below.