This simple quiz can help get you started on your path to understanding your hearing health.
1. Do you have difficulty understanding the other person on the telephone?
2. Does it seem like most people around you are mumbling?
3. Is it difficult to understand one person's speech while there is background noise?
4. Do you find it difficult to understand the dialogue on TV unless you turn the volume up high?
5. Do you often need to ask others to repeat themselves?YES NO
There are an estimated 48 million Americans living with hearing, and 38 million let it go untreated. While seeking treatment for hearing loss has been shown to greatly improve quality of life, some of those affected don’t seek treatment due to negative stigmas or lack of awareness. Hearing loss is not age related, and it can affect people of all lifestyles and backgrounds. If you suspect you may have a hearing loss, it is important to seek proper diagnosis and treatment.
It is common for untreated hearing loss to lead to isolation, such as avoiding social situations because it’s difficult to follow and participate in the conversations. This isolation can lead to depression and cognitive decline later in life. If you feel that you are struggling to hear in social situations, hearing aids may be able to help.
Hearing loss can also affect children, even before birth. Certain treatments during pregnancy, birth, and later can put your child at risk for hearing loss. It’s important to look at pediatric risk factors and early signs of hearing loss in your child so you can start the process for detecting and treating their condition early on. In most cases, early intervention can help prevent hearing, speech, and language issues to worsen later on in life.
At New Jersey Hearing Aid Consultants, we have the expertise and knowledge to treat individuals of all ages for conditions of the ear. It’s important to us that you receive quality care that will help you hear better and improve your quality of life.
Simply put, our ears detect sound waves and the sound waves are sent to the brain by nerve impulses for interpretation.
More specifically, our outer ear (the auricle and ear canal) funnels sound waves to our middle ear. In the middle ear, the eardrum is caused to vibrate by the sound waves. Those vibrations continue on through three tiny connected bones. The eardrum and connected bones cause fluid in the inner ear to move as well. That fluid then causes thousands of hair-like cells to move. The vibrations, or movement, is then translated into nerve impulses which are carried to the brain by the auditory nerve. What we hear as sound is the brain’s interpretation of this process.
Significant loss of hearing, due to age, can begin as early as 20-30 years old. Loss of hearing due to noise exposure can be caused by everything from concerts to guns to drills—just to name a few. Hearing loss due to injuries can be anything from head trauma to sticking something too far into the ear canal. Genetic inheritance hearing loss is usually something a person is born with.
Today’s technology has advanced to the point where nearly 99% of hearing losses can be helped, improved or eradicated.
- or at least slow the progress
The single most effective way to prevent hearing loss is to avoid excessive noise. Additionally, wearing hearing protection in areas where excessive noise is unavoidable can be highly effective. Studies show a connection between age, noise exposure, smoking and hearing loss. Buildup of earwax can also create hearing loss and should be dealt with properly and/or by a professional. Some medications can damage your hearing. So, a thorough check by your doctor for potentially ototoxic interactions would be prudent. Have your hearing tested regularly if you have a family history of hearing loss, have troubles hearing, are around loud noises a lot or you have ringing sounds in your ears.
Ear muffs and ear plugs are a great way to help prevent hearing loss. If you spend any amount of time in an environment that has excessive noise, we would be happy to consult with you on custom hearing protection options.
Also see:Ear Conditions