Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can happen to anyone, regardless of age. In some cases, it can happen suddenly to those overexposed to loud noises. In most cases, however, it happens slowly over a long period of time. This is often the case with age-related hearing loss, and usually only noticeable as it progresses. Recognizing the symptoms of hearing loss is an important first step towards helping you get back to living a fuller, healthier life.


What is Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is defined as having lost the ability to hear certain sounds. Some of the most common symptoms are trouble hearing soft or high-pitched tones, like certain consonants or the voices of women or children. Other symptoms could include trouble concentrating or difficulty hearing speech if there is a lot of noise in the background.

Hearing loss can be temporary, such as a ringing or buzzing in the ears after a rock concert. However, when the mechanisms that help you hear are damaged, it is likely permanent. In any case, it is always disturbing to lose the ability to communicate or understand our environment through sound.

Signs of Hearing Loss

Having trouble understanding others in noisy environments

Preferring the volume of the TV or radio louder than most people

Believing people sound as if they are mumbling?

Experiencing ringing in the ears

Speaking too loudly

Difficult to hear when someone talks to you from behind

Having to ask others to repeat what was said during a conversation often

Difficulty hearing on the telephone

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of hearing loss, has a high probability of developing a hearing condition, or has already been diagnosed, contact your physician to find out if they are already a member of the Physician Hearing Network.

Hearing Technology

One of the most common hearing loss treatments is the fitting of hearing aids. Hearing aids are a type of amplification device that makes sounds easier to hear. However, all hearings loss is unique, and a Hearing Service Provider can help you choose and adjust the technology that is right for you. Hearing aid technologies available include:

Rechargeable battery

Smartphone compatibility

TV and Bluetooth connectivity

Excellent sound quality

Unparalleled streaming and connectivity

Full remote fine-tuning solution