Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the fastest growing, and one of the most prevalent chronic conditions facing Canadians today.


While hearing loss has many causes, age-related (presbycusis) and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) are the two most common types.

Hearing loss can have a profound impact on emotional, physical and social well-being. Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, dissatisfaction with life, reduced functional and cognitive health, and withdrawal from social activities.

Everyone experiences some degree of hearing loss, as it is a natural part of aging. Between the ages of 30 and 40 the hair cells in the inner ear begin to die. The process is different for everyone, but for approximately one in every ten people the hearing loss eventually reaches a point where a hearing aid may be required.


 
 

Ask yourself the following:


  • Do you often ask others to repeat themselves?
  • Have friends or family told you that you do not hear well?
  • Do you set the volume on the TV or radio louder than others prefer?
  • Is it difficult to understand conversation when there is background noise?
  • Do you have difficulty following group conversations?
  • Do you find it difficult to identify the direction from which sound is coming?

Hearing loss can sneak up on you


How do you notice you’re missing something if you can’t hear it? Don’t wait until your friends and family are telling you there’s a problem. Even with normal hearing, it’s always a good idea to establish a baseline and have your hearing screened every few years to track any changes.

When you were asking yourself the questions above, how much did it sound like you? If you answered ‘yes’ to three or more of those questions you may be experiencing hearing loss. Talk to a hearing healthcare professional at Fundy Hearing Solutions, and we can help you determine what course of action is right for you.

 

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