Over 11 million people in the UK suffer from some form of hearing loss, with the number on the increase, and on average it takes around ten years until it is actually addressed.
There’s plenty of signs to tell you that you might have hearing loss – maybe when friends and family visit they tell you to turn the TV down, or you might find people always seem to be mumbling, leaving you feeling left out of conversations and asking those around you to repeat what they’ve just said.
If those symptoms sound familiar to you, it is important to book an appointment for a hearing test to find out what the problem is. It’s not always the case that you’re going to need a hearing aid – sometimes the problem can be a lot simpler to sort out. Find out below about the types of hearing loss and how they can be treated:
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
This hearing loss is caused by the tiny hair-like cells in the inner ear being damaged, and is typically the result of either disease or prolonged time spent in loud environments. This type of hearing loss cannot be cured, but the effects can be dealt with by using a hearing aid.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss is when sound cannot pass into the inner ear, and is typically only temporary. One cause often associated with this sort of hearing loss is a build-up of excessive ear wax forming into a plug. This can be dealt with by attending an ear wax removal session, and having it removed by either microsuction or ear irrigation.
If you worry you might have hearing loss, book an appointment now. We can help determine the cause of your loss of hearing, and can recommend the best steps to take next.
If you’re worried that you might be suffering from hearing loss, it’s important that you book a hearing test to find out if there’s a problem.