We think of hearing loss as an inevitable consequence of ageing, but both the causes and treatments are becoming better understood.
One million people in the UK suffer from hearing loss. Sudden cases of hearing loss at any age of course require immediate examination by your GP, but more commonly symptoms come on gradually over the years.
A simple examination is often enough to establish causes and treatments; if not, a visit to an audiologist and a series of hearing tests may be necessary.
Sudden loss of hearing may be due to build-up of earwax, ear infection, a perforated eardrum caused by injury or loud noise, or Ménière’s disease, an inner ear disorder. Treatments include medicines or eardrops.
Gradual Hearing Loss
More gradual hearing loss may be due to fluid in the ear, a bony growth (otosclerosis) or a build-up of skin cells (cholesteatoma). But gradual hearing loss in both ears is usually caused by ageing or exposure to loud noises over many years and may be permanent.
Fortunately help is at hand in the form of modern hearing aid technology. Recent advances include devices using Bluetooth to link to mobile devices, smart internet connectivity, improvements in rechargeable battery performance and programming with a separate remote-control unit.
The variety of shapes and styles, from almost invisible ones inserted into the ear canal, to hearing bands looking like designer headphones, each has its pros and cons—for instance, BTE types generally have larger batteries, but they are easier to replace.
While most hearing aids are designed only to amplify sound from in front of the wearer, some types offer a ‘360 degree’ experience.
Ask your GP or consultant audiologist or contact the Action On Hearing Loss charity website for more advice.
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