How do I know if I have hearing loss?
- You hear people speaking but you strain to understand their words.
- You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
- You don't laugh at jokes because you miss the story or the jokes line.
- You frequently complain that "people mumble."
- You ask others about details of a meeting you just attended.
- You play the TV or Radio louder than friends, spouse and relatives.
- You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
- You find that when people look directly at you while they speak to you, it makes it easier to understand.
Causes of Hearing Impairment and Deafness
Deafness can be inherited: if one or both parents or a relative is born deaf, there is a higher risk that a child will be born deaf.
Hearing impairment may also be caused before or during birth for several reasons.
- Premature birth.
- Conditions during birth in which a baby lacks enough oxygen to breathe.
- Rubella, syphilis or certain other infections in a woman during pregnancy.
- The use of ototoxic drugs - a group of more than 130 drugs (such as the antibiotic gentamicin) that can cause damage to the inner ear if incorrectly given - during pregnancy.
- Jaundice, which can damage the hearing nerve in a newborn baby.
- Infectious diseases such as meningitis, measles, mumps and chronic ear infections can lead to hearing impairment, mostly in childhood, but also later in life.
- The use of ototoxic drugs at any age, including some antibiotic and anti-malarial drugs, can cause damage to the cochlea (the hearing organ in the inner ear).
- Head injury or injury to the ear can cause hearing impairment.
- Wax or foreign bodies blocking the ear canal can cause hearing loss at any age.
- Excessive noise, including working with noisy machinery, exposure to loud music or other loud noises, such as gunfire or explosions, can damage the inner ear and weaken hearing ability.
- As people age, accumulated exposure to noise and other factors may lead to hearing impairment or deafness.
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If you have any of these symptoms, you should Visit Eljay Hearing Centre for your "audiometric evaluation”.
Q. Which is better, going to an audiologist or a hearing aid specialist?
A. Generally, we concluded you might want to start — aside from the Veterans Administration if you are eligible — with an ear, nose and throat doctor who employs an audiologist. That was a good combination according to our survey.
Q. What's the secret to living successfully with a hearing aid?
A. Give yourself time to adjust. All states mandate a time period — usually 30 to 45 days — so you can try the device, because you're going to need at least that much time to get used to it. Try it out, get used to cleaning it and putting it on in the morning, get used to sounds in different environments. It's different from putting on a pair of glasses, where you see better right away. It takes a while for your brain to adjust, and people's brains adjust in different ways.
Q. How important is follow-up?
A. One of the reasons the aids are so expensive is that the cost generally includes the service of fitting and following up more than once with the hearing aid provider. You should take advantage of that. I wouldn't recommend using a provider that doesn't include follow-up with the purchase of your aid.
Q. Are the most expensive brands necessarily better?
A. The best for you might not be a highly sophisticated model with all the bells and whistles. Why waste your money? You have to be careful. They are going to try to sell you features that may not be necessary.
Q. What features might be worth the money?
A. We did find a few features everyone should get: a telecoil — to help you listen on the telephone — a directional microphone and feedback suppression to prevent that annoying squealing noise.