What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss is diagnosed when the individual is unable to hear 25 decibels in one or both ears. It can affect your ability to hear and understand conversations, even respond to emergencies in a timely manner/ Some people are born with hearing loss, while others develop hearing loss after birth. If you suspect you have hearing loss, it is important to seek effective treatment.

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People suffering from hearing loss tend to find environments with background noise difficult to communicate in, such as restaurants and public places. They also often find it difficult to hear high-pitched sounds. Due to this, hearing impaired people have problems hearing the sounds with “s” “f” and “sh”.

Hearing loss facts

There is no official cure for hearing loss which makes hearing loss prevention even more important to practice every day. Any sound over 85dBA can pose a risk to your hearing health. Be mindful of your surroundings and protect your hearing in loud environments.

  • Canadian hearing loss stats

  • 20% of adults (or 1 in 5) aged 19 to 79 had at least mild hearing loss in one or both ears

  • Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians 60 years of age and older have some level of hearing loss

  • Two thirds of adults over 60 with hearing loss experienced trouble in both ears compared to half of the 40-59 year olds

  • 70% of adults with hearing loss are not aware they have it

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Types of hearing loss

Hearing loss is classified as mild, moderate, severe or profound and can be temporary or permanent. The two physical types of hearing loss are sensorineural and conductive. Hearing loss can occur in one or both ears and can be cause by blockage and/or damage to the ear.

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    “I think I might have hearing loss.”

    Do you find yourself constantly asking others to repeat themselves? Does background noise make conversations hard to hear?

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    “Someone I know might have hearing loss.”

    Hearing loss affects the sufferer as well as the people closest to them. Often, it is the people around you who will notice your hearing loss first.


What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus has commonly been described as a ringing in the ear, though the sounds resulting from tinnitus could also be described as a hissing, clicking, whistling or whirring. Those with tinnitus may experience a reduced ability to concentrate, a hypersensitivity to sound, and they may also experience depression and fatigue. In some instances, tinnitus can affect your social life as well. Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus that is recognized by the medical community, but there are ways to cope.


You think you have hearing loss. What’s next?

If you suspect you have hearing loss, regardless of age, you should consult a hearing professional, but did you know, 47% of Canadians with hearing loss are 60 years or older? Testing your hearing annually at 60 years of age can reduce the social and mental consequences of hearing loss before it is too late. A hearing test is the first and most important step.

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What causes hearing loss?

The most common cause of hearing loss is aging, but hearing loss can be noise-induced, a symptom of another disease or a side effect of some medications. Hearing loss can also occur due to physically trauma, or it can be hereditary. The cause of your hearing loss could determine the treatment you receive.


Living with hearing loss

Life with hearing loss can be frustrating, embarrassing, and socially isolating. Those with hearing loss expressed relief, gratitude and joy after addressing their hearing loss and getting the treatment they needed. For those living with hearing loss, there is still hope for an improved quality of life.

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