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Causes & Prevention

Causes & Prevention

Causes of hearing loss – the facts

Age Related Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a natural consequence of ageing. Changes in the inner ear is the common cause of hearing loss and this occurs as we grow older. Factors such as ones medical history and repeated exposure to loud noises can also play a role in contributing to age-related hearing loss.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Another common cause of hearing loss is over exposure to excessive noise. We can be exposed to excessive noise in many situations including the workplace, concerts, playing headphones too loudly, motor sports, shooting etc.

Wax

Wax can build up and block sound from passing through the auditory canal. Periodic removal of ear wax can be performed by your GP or at Egan’s Hearing Clinic.

Infections

Otitis media is an inner ear infection characterised by the build-up of fluid in the middle ear lining. This can be caused by allergies, head colds, inflamed tonsils and adenoids, blocked eustachian tubes, sore throats and other viruses.

Perforation

Perforation of the ear drum can be caused by:

This can be an extremely painful condition. In most case, a perforated eardrum will heal itself within two weeks.

Injuries

People who sustain head injuries are especially vulnerable to hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), either temporary or permanent. Head injuries that cause a reduced blood supply can harm the inner ear structure and may cause hearing loss.

Psychosocial Impact of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is often described as an invisible disability. Hearing loss without intervention can cause people to experience a range of emotions, such as anger or frustration, low self-confidence anxiety, depression, and embarrassment. Adults may experience periods of sadness and grieving as their ability to hear diminishes. They also may feel more fatigued, as the struggle to hear and understand can be physically exhausting.

When left untreated, hearing loss can affect:

How to stop the emotional effects of hearing loss

Hearing loss is a well understood medical condition for which solutions have existed for years. Treating your hearing loss begins with a comprehensive test to determine how severe the loss is and what type. Unless you have the type of hearing loss that can be treated medically, hearing aids are often the best solution.

Fortunately, most of the emotional effects of hearing loss begin to quickly resolve once the hearing impairment is treated effectively. Adults can quickly get reacquainted with family they’ve missed connecting with, begin interacting with colleagues again, and go back to hobbies that may have been put aside. The sooner you confront the reality of hearing loss and take action, the better you’ll be able to minimise these emotional effects and get back to a high quality of life. To get started, contact Egan’s and book an appointment today.

 

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