Hearing is one of the most vital senses and is an essential part of communication exchange. It is a complex sense involving both the ear’s ability to detect sounds and the brain’s ability to interpret those sounds, including the sounds of speech. Any damage to this sense can affect one’s personal and social lifestyle.
Hearing impairment or hearing loss is a common problem caused by various factors such as noise, aging, disease, and heredity. Factors that determine how much hearing loss will negatively affect a person’s quality of life include:
- the degree of the hearing loss
- the pattern of hearing loss across different frequencies (pitches)
- whether one or both ears is affected
- the areas of the auditory system that are not working normally—such as the middle ear, inner ear, neural pathways, or brain
- the ability to recognize speech sounds
- the history of exposures to loud noise and environmental or drug-related toxins that are harmful to hearing
Hearing problems that are ignored or untreated can get worse. If you think you have a hearing problem you should see a professional. An audiologist will perform a hearing assessment or hearing test and try to find out why you have a hearing loss and offer different options.
For more information on how we can help you with your hearing loss, feel free to contact us via our contact form or call us directly at 64742216 for more information.