You will find yourself turning up the volume on the TV, while people you are close to start to speak a little louder until eventually they need to shout to get your attention. What is more important is that hearing loss can change a person's life style.
Relationships. A person with hearing loss often speaks loudly and this may be interpreted as anger or belligerence. Some people shy away from others who tend to shout, others dislike repeating what they say. As a result, this can result in isolation, depression or other problems for the unfortunate person that is hard of hearing.
Social Life. Isolation may become even more severe when the persons with hearing loss stay away from activities that require hearing - like theatres, games, and other social events. These activities are quickly replaced with solitary pastimes like reading, gardening, fishing or painting.
Life's Little Pleasures: Everyday sounds like birds singing, crickets chirping, children laughing, rain falling or a fire crackling are lost to many persons with hearing loss. Restoration of the ability to enjoy these "little pleasures" makes all the difference.
Safety. A shouted warning, smoke detector, phone ringing, door knock or turn signal sound could mean impending danger affecting not only the person with hearing loss, but others too.
The Causes of Hearing Loss
Conductive Hearing Loss
When sound cannot be transmitted normally through the ear canal and/or middle ear to the cochlea, it is referred to as a conductive hearing loss. Wax build-up and perforated eardrums are two typical causes of this. Another could be due to damaged or defective ossicles. Voices and sounds may seem faint, distorted, or both. Approximately 20 percent of people with hearing loss suffer from this type of loss.
Sensor-neural Hearing Loss
Also known as nerve-type hearing loss. This type of gradually diminishing hearing is commonly associated with the ageing process.
The inner ear is very fragile; so many things can go wrong. Exposure to loud sounds can cause damage, as can disease, viruses, and infections.
In such cases, the inner ear, or auditory nerve, cannot deliver signals to the brain correctly, due to damage or improper function. This will cause sounds to be distorted. Patients may complain that people seem to mumble or that they can hear but do not understand. Approximately 80% of adults with complaints of hearing loss suffer from this type of loss. Most sensor-neural losses can be helped by fitting of hearing aids.
How your ear works:
The ear is composed of 3 parts: the outer, the middle, and the inner ear. Sound enters the ear canal through the Pinna, or outer ear, which helps to protect the ear drum and increases the volume of certain pitches that are important for understanding speech.
The eardrum separates the outer ear from the middle ear and the three tiny bones, ossicles, best known as: the hammer (malleus), the anvil (incus), and the stirrup (stapes), connect the eardrum to the inner ear. The ossicles pass on the vibrations from the eardrum to the footplate of the stirrup at the cochlea, or snail, and at the same time amplify and intensify the movement. The middle ear also has a connection to the nose and throat via the eustachian tube.