Hearing loss is relatively common in the UK, affecting 1 in 7 adults. Hearing loss affects all ages, with some being affected from birth, whilst others experience it later in life. Those who have been exposed to loud noise, have diabetes or heart and circulatory problems, or a family history of hearing loss are at a greater risk.
Hearing loss usually occurs gradually, and can affect certain frequencies more than others.The result of this is that hearing loss can remain undetected for many years. It is often family and friends who become aware of a persons’ hearing loss before the individual themselves. This can be both heartbreaking and frustrating for all those affected.
In some cases, permanent hearing loss can be incurred after the exposure to certain sounds in as little as 15 minutes. However, unprotected exposure to sounds above 90dB can result in hearing loss almost instantly.
Hearing loss can be an incredibly emotional experience. A person’s mental health can be hugely affected. For those suffering with hearing loss it is not uncommon to experience feelings of loneliness and frustration which can result in anger, depression and a loss of confidence.
Adults with a hearing loss typically find communication increasingly challenging and the increased focus on trying to listen can be exhausting. People with a hearing loss may also start to further isolate themselves from social situations to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to hear and partake in conversation.
Children can also be affected by hearing loss, which can often affect their development. They can feel very frustrated when trying to communicate and find it difficult to interact with family members and other children. A hearing loss in children can also lead to poor speech development.
Hearing loss can be incredibly complex so therefore every solution is unique. A Hearing Healthcare Professional can treat many hearing problems. However, this can be challenging if a hearing loss has been neglected for a long period of time. It is important to treat your ears with care and get your hearing tested annually to ensure your hearing is where it should be. If it has started to decline, then your Hearing Healthcare Professional can assist you with further treatment and solutions.