Discover the signs of hearing loss
and why it’s important to seek treatment.
How We Hear
How we hear involves a complex system. It’s important to understand how the ears work and translate sound in order to properly diagnose hearing loss and find a suitable treatment option. How we hear is broken into a few parts.
What Is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is simply defined as the inability to hear sounds. Approximately 48 million people in the United States experience hearing loss to some degree. Many people experience high frequency hearing loss, which makes it harder to hear high-pitched sounds.
Hearing loss affects more than just your communication. When left untreated, hearing loss can lead to social isolation, forgetfulness, listening fatigue, and even cognitive decline which can lead to dementia. It’s important to be proactive about your hearing health by avoiding loud sounds, wearing hearing protection when necessary, and having your hearing checked on a regular basis.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss, which is the most common type of loss, often occurs gradually, over the course of a few years. For this reason, it can be difficult to recognize the signs until it’s too late. If you have noticed any combination of the following, you should schedule an appointment for a hearing exam.
Hearing Loss and Health
Hearing health is connected to whole health. Our ears rely on healthy blood flow to function properly. Certain health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can all have an affect on hearing. If your ears aren’t receiving the proper blood flow due to one of these health conditions, then hearing loss can happen as a result.
If you have an underlying health condition, it’s necessary to have your hearing checked on an annual basis. Catching the signs of hearing loss early will ensure your loss doesn’t worsen and you don’t lose any of your speech comprehension.
Have you ever heard a sound that wasn’t really there? Or your ears ringing after a concert? These are all signs of tinnitus. Tinnitus is when you hear phantom sounds in your ears or head when no external sounds are present. Tinnitus itself is not a disease, but rather a symptom of another underlying problem. Causes of tinnitus include:
If your ears won’t stop ringing, you should schedule a visit for a hearing exam. We offer tinnitus masking hearing aids that can play soothing sounds in your ears, distracting your brain from tinnitus.
Hearing Aid Screener
When is it time to make an appointment with Pacific Audiology Clinic? This simple quiz can help get you started on your path to understanding your hearing health. If any of the five indicators below line up with your personal experience, then it might be time to make an appointment.
1. Does it often seem like people are mumbling?
2. Does your family tell you that you turn the TV up too loud?
3. Do you often have to ask people to repeat themselves?
4. Do you constantly hear a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears?
5. Do you have difficulty hearing during phone conversations?
6. Can you hear, but just not understand?
7. Do you often feel isolated from conversation, especially in group settings?
8. Do you have a significant history of noise exposure?
9. Do you have trouble hearing with a lot of background noise?
10. Is there a history of hearing loss in your family?