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Hearing Loss in Adults and Older Children


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Hearing Loss in Adults and Older Children

Hearing loss is experienced differently from person to person. It affects more than one in six Australians and if you are over 50 this statistic is 2 in 5. When left untreated, it can have a negative impact on quality of life.

Causes of hearing loss vary; however, the leading causes of hearing loss in adults are:

  • excessive noise exposure.
  • ageing process.
  • heredity.
  • vascular and circulatory disorders.
  • tumours and other space occupying lesions.
  • shingles.

The degree of hearing loss is defined in ranges of mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe, and profound. A hearing loss can be conductive, sensorineural or mixed, a combination of the two. Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is an issue conducting sounds waves anywhere along the route through the outer ear, eardum or middle ear. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear or the nerve from the ear to the brain.

The only way to precisely determine the degree and type of hearing loss is by having a hearing health care professional do a thorough assessment of your hearing status.

Symptoms

There are many signs that can indicate that you may be experiencing hearing loss. These include:

  • sounds like people are mumbling around you.
  • having to ask others to repeat themselves.
  • difficulty following conversation in noisy environments.
  • difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds and voices.
  • ringing or buzzing in the ears.

Treatment

If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, call Neurosensory on 1300 965 513

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