Hearing loss can affect us in different ways

No two people’s experience of hearing loss are exactly the same. The physical and mental symptoms vary for each individual, often in accordance with the severity or type of hearing loss. For some people, their hearing loss can be very sudden and shocking. Some people are simply born with reduced hearing and others experience a slow and subtle decline. In addition, some individuals experience further symptoms such as unusual sounds inside the ear, a frequent spinning sensation or earache.

It’s important that we never underestimate the mental and emotional impact  of experiencing hearing loss. As people struggle to communicate and stay connected to the world around them, there is a tendency to become isolated. A lack of confidence and low self-esteem can easily cause people to avoid talking about their problems and worries. That’s why we feel it is so important that you have someone to talk to and answer your questions. If you identify with this, please contact us today so we can help you reconnect.

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is blocked from moving from the outer ear to the inner ear.

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Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs because of damage to the tiny hairs in the inner ear or the hearing nerves.

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Mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, indicating damage to both the outer and inner ear.

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Tinnitus is a sensation that people experience when they hear sounds that don’t come from an external source.

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Hearing loss in one ear

Hearing loss in just one ear can be either conductive or sensorineural. Also known as unilateral hearing loss.

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Sudden hearing loss

Sudden hearing loss occurs when someone experiences a rapid loss of hearing, sometimes within a few hours.

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What hearing aid is right for me?

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My Hearing is all about finding the right advice and treatment that best suits your type of hearing loss. For many people, that treatment will be a hearing aid.

The purpose of a hearing aid is to clearly hear and understand the sounds that surround you. For different types of hearing loss there will be a suitable array of hearing aids. Popular options are:

They vary in their style, fit, power and price.

The vast majority of hearing aids are customised to the individual’s ear and hearing loss diagnosis. The software within the hearing aid will be programmed to your level of hearing and will feedback sounds at a comfortable level.

Speak to a qualified hearing aid dispenser today to find the ideal hearing aid for your type of hearing loss.

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Degrees of hearing loss

When you meet with a hearing aid dispenser, they will tell you which level of hearing loss you are experiencing. Along with types of hearing loss, your degree of hearing loss heavily influences which treatment or hearing aid type we recommend.

To work out your degree of hearing loss, a hearing aid dispenser will need to measure both ears. The aim of their tests is to establish the softest sound that you can hear in each ear. This is known as the decibels hearing level (dBHL). A person with normal hearing can hear sounds as soft as 20 dBHL. The tests not only account for how loud the sound is but also the frequency. For example,  a very low sound like a bass drum or a very high sound like a whistle.

Mild hearing loss

Softer, quieter sounds are hard to hear (as low as 25-39 dBHL). It is challenging to understand speech and follow conversations in noisy environments.

Moderate hearing loss

Soft and moderately loud sounds are hard to hear (as low as 40-69 dBHL). It is challenging to understand speech and follow conversations in noisy environments.

Severe hearing loss

Soft and moderately loud sounds are hard to hear (as low as 70-89 dBHL). Understanding speech and following conversations is difficult, particularly when there is extra background noise.

Profound hearing loss

Only a few loud sounds are audible (as low as 90 dBHL). It is extremely difficult to understand or follow conversation without the assistance of a hearing aid. Likely to depend on lip-reading or sign language to communicate.

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