Whether you were born with hearing loss or you experienced a gradual loss with age, you can benefit from having hearing aids fitted.
To treat hearing loss effectively we need to define the type of hearing loss that the person has. We do this using these three criteria.
Congenital hearing loss is present at birth and is caused by genetic factors, maternal health problems or birth injuries
Acquired hearing loss begins after birth
A medical condition such as a blockage of ear wax can cause hearing loss
Noise-induced hearing loss can result from exposure to very loud noise. This is also called temporary threshold shift
Conductive hearing loss usually comes from a disruption of the sound's path to the inner ear from the outer or middle ear
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the delicate nerve fibres of the inner ear become damaged
Tinnitus is not a type of hearing loss, but many people who suffer tinnitus also have hearing loss without knowing it. Hearing aids and sound therapy can relieve some of the effects of this symptom.
This is the most common type of hearing loss and is usually permanent. Sufferers experience that the clarity and amplification of sounds are affected, making people's voices sound like they are mumbling or distorted. It is most commonly caused by the natural processes of aging but can also result from excessive exposure to noise.
Some people are born with hearing loss, which is caused either by genetic factors, during pregnancy, or during childbirth. People with congenital hearing loss suffer from a loss of functionality in the hearing organs, which may only become apparent later in life. Since it can affect a child’s development, it is very important to begin treating it quickly.
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