Hearing Loss

Many people around the world are affected by hearing loss. Learn about hearing loss symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention.

We only work with the most knowledgeable experts in the industry. The pages to the right provide information about hearing loss and how hearing aids can help.

Every day you are exposed to a world of sounds, from the sounds of nature and everyday conversation to your favorite music and television programs. It is through hearing that you connect with the people around you and get an awareness of your surroundings.

Hearing and Hearing Loss

Years of intensive research have been able to unlock many of nature’s secrets in regard to hearing. Today, this knowledge serves as the basis for the technical development of modern hearing instruments, with the aim of making the natural hearing process as close as possible as the artificial.

How Our Ear Works

Outer Ear
Known as the pinna or auricle, this visible portion of the ear gathers sounds from the surrounding environment and sends it down the ear canal.

Middle Ear
The vibration of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) transmits sound to the inner ear through three small bones (malleus, incus and stapes) that carry sound to the inner ear.

Inner Ear
Made up of two main parts: the cochlea, a system of complex hair cells (sensory cells) and the vestibular system that sends sound to the brain for final processing.

A common problem

Hearing loss is a very common disability that affects one in every six person. However, thanks to modern technology and medical science, it is now the world’s most manageable disability.

Signs of hearing loss

In most cases, hearing loss is a gradual process that develops over time. This can make it difficult to immediately recognise the symptoms. If you have noticed three or more of the symptoms listed below it is worth speaking to an audiologist.

Hearing Loss and Its Effects

People respond to hearing loss in many different ways. Some suffer from a loss in concentration while others become anxious, frustrated or embarrassed. This can place strain on them as well as on the people around them.

If you or a loved one have some degree of hearing loss, you are not alone. Hearing loss affects people of all ages. Globally, over
588 million people have at least a mild hearing loss and 278 million have a moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears.¹ ² A person with an untreated hearing loss risks deteriorating his or her hearing health.

Untreated hearing loss does not only result in increased hearing difficulties over time, it also leads to negative social and personal behavior as communication with others is impaired and self-esteem is affected. A person with untreated hearing loss faces higher safety risks and possibly lower employability. Hearing loss does not just affect the person; it affects family and friends as well.

Hearing loss can be treated with hearing instruments. You may think that wearing hearing instruments would make you look odd. However, hearing loss left untreated may cause others to notice slower responses, constant need for repetition, poorer understanding and mental acuity that may bring much embarrassment.

Hear Better, Live Better

People who have had their hearing loss treated report³:

  • better relationships with their family
  • better feelings about themselves
  • improved mental health
  • greater independence and security

Communication difficulties

The most obvious consequence is the inability to communicate freely. Conversations become shorter, telephone use is difficult and communication issues arise with family, friends and co-workers.

Auditory Deprivation

Auditory deprivation may result in one’s brain partially losing the ability to interpret words. This happens when there has been a lack of stimulation for an extended period. If a person does not get their hearing loss treated, auditory deprivation can cause a loss of cognitive function that is impossible to reverse.

Hearing loss and your quality of life

The sounds of nature, conversations with friends and family, concert auditoriums – our ears play an integral part in making all these activities enjoyable. Additionally, our ears are a natural warning system, capable of detecting oncoming traffic, registering a possible home break-in, or alerting us of any other potential dangers. We sometimes take these everyday things for granted, only becoming fully aware of that wonderful and complex organ – the ear – when things appear to go wrong.

You don’t have to wait for hearing loss to remind you how important it is to hear clearly. Our sense of hearing allows us to enjoy the sounds that surround us in our everyday lives, such as our favorite music and our grandchildren’s laughter.

Life is too short to live without the voices and sounds you cherish the most. The first thing to do when you are experiencing a hearing loss is to educate yourself. That is why you will find relevant information about hearing loss on this page for you to read at your leisure. If you would like more information, you can always speak to live hearing aid expert for free! Simply fill out the form or give us a call directly to learn how you can begin to hear better today!

How to select your Hearing Instrument

Hearing instruments come in different styles and performance levels. The higher a performance level of a hearing instrument, the more features it has.

Hearing instruments with more features can address listening needs in more challenging situations and are able to deliver a higher level of user satisfaction. Factors which may affect your choice of hearing instrument would be:

• Type and degree of hearing loss
• Listening situations
• Cosmetic needs
• Physical attributes of the ear
• Hand dexterity
• Budget

To select the most suitable hearing instrument for you, you need to discuss with your hearing healthcare professional to identify your hearing needs and listening goals.