An Invisible Problem
Hearing loss is one of the most common health problems in this country (along with arthritis and hypertension). However, hearing loss may be the most undetected and untreated problems in adults, and the person with the hearing problem is often the last one to become aware of it. As a result, many people delay getting help for several years, even when family, friends and co-workers notice the symptoms.
Understanding four common characteristics of hearing loss may explain why it often goes undetected.
A sensorineural hearing loss is typically permanent, but can usually be managed with properly prescribed hearing aids.
A mixed hearing loss occurs when someone has a combination of a sensorineural hearing loss and a conductive hearing loss.
How to protect your hearing
Protect your hearing and have it checked on a regular basis
In today’s world, hazardous noise levels have become part of our daily lives. This can come from traffic, construction and lawnmowers.
On the job, noise is generated by office or industrial equipment, machinery and power tools. Even recreational activities such as hunting, snowmobiling and listening to loud music can adversely affect your hearing.
You need to protect your hearing because it is irreplaceable. Avoid harmful noise levels. If you have to shout to be heard or if speech sounds muffled after leaving a noisy area, then the level is too high. Hearing protection should be worn in noisy environments and a wide variety of general or specialized earplugs are available at Brampton Audiology.