As many as 37 million Americans are suffering from hearing loss, according to WebMD. This impairment – caused by a myriad of factors and existing conditions – greatly affects a patient’s medical, emotional, and social well being. When the world goes silent around you it can cause distress, frustration, and even pain.
For these reasons it’s important to understand what causes hearing loss, as well as the signs and symptoms to look out for. Because today, the Better Hearing Institute explains that there’s great technology and advances that are helping hearing loss patients lead healthier lives. Check out the signs and symptoms below, and be sure to speak to a healthcare physician if you think you might be affected.
Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors and conditions according to WebMD:
- Loud noise
- Ear infections
- Eardrum trauma
- Cholesteatoma, which is skin growth through a hole in the eardrum
- Illness or infections like measles, syphilis,mumps, and meningitis
- Meniere’s disease, which is an inner ear disorder that causes ringing in the ears, dizziness, and hearing that goes in and out
- Having something stuck in your ear
- Certain medications
- Autoimmune disorders
Hearing loss symptoms can gradually occur, or they might come quickly and fiercely. When hearing loss occurs, people tend to find ways to cope with it – but it’s important that you seek medical help if you recognize any of the medical, emotional, or social signs of hearing loss according to WebMD and the Better Hearing Institute.
- Pain/pressure in one or both ears
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Ringing in the ears
- Ask people to repeat things they’ve said often
- Have the volume turned up high on the tv, radio, etc.
- Have difficulty understanding what people are saying, and get frustrated because you can’t understand
- Feel anxious about meeting new people because you have difficulty following conversations
The Better Hearing Institute explains that today there are a variety of ways to treat hearing loss. There’s hearing aids which amplify the sound and often help most hearing loss patients, as well as assisted living devices which help people communicate – even through media and the phone.
Over the years the BHI says there’s also been medical advances for hearing loss patients, as well as technological breakthroughs that are helping us learn more, and create more solutions.
Source: betterhearing.org, webmd.com, remedydaily.com, healthyfoodsolution.com