• About Hearing Loss

  • Hearing loss affects people in many different ways. For instance, did you know that a person with even a mild hearing loss is twice as likely to develop dementia? A person that has a hearing loss may pull away and withdraw from social activities and family gatherings because they fear they may be ridiculed if they can’t hear or understand. This social isolation could eventually lead to depression.
    The average person has trouble hearing for 7 to 10 years before they have their hearing checked by a hearing health professional like the trained Andover audiologists and hearing loss experts at Discount Hearing Aids.

    What is Hearing Loss

    Hearing is a very complex sense involving both ears ability to detect sound and the brains ability to interpret that sound into speech. Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting our senior population. Over 36 million Americans today report that have some degree of hearing loss. People that have signs of hearing loss may not be aware of a loss at first. It might start by turning the TV up a little too loud. Maybe conversations with friends and family become more difficult. Perhaps they miss hearing doorbells, phones ringing or alarms. These should be clues to seek out the advise of a hearing health professional and perhaps get life changing hearing aids.

    Causes of Hearing Loss

    There are many reasons that people have hearing loss. Aging, sound trauma, infection, illness, heredity, head injury, stroke, high blood pressure and side effects from medications just to name a few. 70% of patients with Tinnitus suffer from hearing loss.

    Tinnitus

    Tinnitus is a subjective sound, usually, a ringing, hissing or pumping sound that only the patient can hear. Tinnitus is a symptom not a disease. The sounds can come and go. They can be in one ear or both ears. Tinnitus can be the result of side effects from medications. Something as simple as a piece of wax blocking the ear canal can cause Tinnitus. In any event, seeing your primary care physician or ENT for an examination would be the correct place to start whether or not hearing aids can help.

    Types of Hearing Loss

    In general, there are three types of hearing loss

    • Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or to the auditory nerve. This is sometimes referred to as common nerve deafness. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent.

    • Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound cannot reach the inner ear. Something physically prevents sound from being amplified. Hearing may be restored with medications or surgery.

    • Presbycusis is a form of hearing loss that comes on gradually as people age. Some of its causes are aging, heredity, prescription drugs or injury. Gradual loss continues for patients over 50 years of age.