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Hearing Loss Affects People of All Ages

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Thanks to innovations and millions of dollars invested into creating a brighter future for all people, it's easy now to have your visions sorted out by state-of-the-art contact lenses or glasses if you don't want contact lenses. The same can be said for various individuals who experienced hearing loss; with advanced technology and driven individuals, the experience of hearing loss only becomes less noticeable as equipment improves. 

According to research, hearing loss doesn't only affect the elderly community; it's something many younger people experience daily as well. Although in the modern era, experiencing hearing loss has become much less significant as it can be treated more effectively than in the past. There are also various styles of hearing aid for different lifestyles and requirements from specific individuals. This article will look at the causes of hearing loss, who it affects, and how it can be treated. 

What Causes Hearing Loss 

Aging 

Although aging is, in many instances, the individuals who experience hearing loss, it doesn't mean that it's any fault of their age. Their hearing loss could just as well have been initiated at a much younger age by listening to loud music or working in extremely loud circumstances. 

Loud Noise 

Listening to loud noise may be one of the greeted contributors to people experiencing hearing loss. Loud noises may cause damage to the hair and nerve cells in the cochlea that sends sound signals to your brain. When this function is damaged by loud noise, it doesn't transmit sound signals as effectively as before, leading to people experiencing hearing loss. 

Tinnitus and What Causes It 

Tinnitus is when you start hearing a ringing or buzzing noise that in some instances becomes so severe that it may affect your ability to concentrate on something else. There are two main types of tinnitus, namely subjective and objective tinnitus. Subjective is where only you can hear the noise, and it's a constant ringing sound. Objective tinnitus is where you hear a pulsing sound; this is also known as pulsatile tinnitus and relates to your heartbeat. In most cases, your hearing instrument specialist might be able to alleviate your tinnitus symptoms

Noticing Hearing Loss 

Noticing that you're busy experiencing hearing loss might not be the most straightforward task at hand. Although it makes a slight difference in what you can hear, it'll be hard to pick up, and it's a gradual process. When you notice you constantly must ask people to repeat their words or struggle to hear someone speaking with background noises, you might be experiencing hearing loss.

This isn't any cause for alarm though, in most cases, with advanced technology and development, you might never even notice it again. It's as simple as consulting your hearing instrument specialist and finding a viable solution that helps with your hearing loss and remains practical with your lifestyle. 

Different styles of hearing aid 

In the Ear (ITE)

An in-the-ear hearing aid may be presented in either half-shell or full-shell. This will depend on your lifestyle and what is most comfortable for you. These hearing aid styles are effective in aiding hearing loss and can be used on individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss. The device is less noticeable than others; it's susceptible to wind noise and is more visible when used. It also features a volume change for optimal performance in any circumstance. 

Behind the Ear (BTE)

A behind-the-ear hearing aid was specifically designed and manufactured to fit precisely behind the ear, which leads to more visibility when in use. The device behind your ear is connected with a comfortable custom-built earmold that fits comfortably into your ear canal. This means of hearing aid may prove effective for individuals of varying ages and different levels of hearing loss. This style of hearing aid also features a rechargeable battery and can amplify in ways the others can't. The viability of this device will also depend on the lifestyle you lead and the severity of hearing loss you experience. 

In the Canal (ITC)

The in-the-canal hearing aid is typically built to fit your ear canal and is custom-made for the most comfortable experience. In comparison to other devices, the in-the-canal device is much less visible when in use. In some instances, this style of hearing aid does cause a build-up of wax in the speaker hole and becomes less effective until cleaned. 

The best way to find the most effective hearing aid for any severity of hearing loss will be by consulting a hearing instrument specialist and finding a modern solution that fits your lifestyle. If you have experienced any of the above or need a check-up, call Stanwood Hearing at 360-502-4644 for any additional information or consultations.