Q&A About Hearing Loss

Q&A About Hearing Loss
Cyndi Connolly

Many people are afraid to ask questions concerning their hearing loss because of the stigma associated with it. Another barrier to people educating and empowering themselves regarding hearing impairment is the embarrassment of asking a “dumb” question. Let’s go on and clarify some common questions concerning hearing loss. 

If I have hearing loss, do I need to learn sign language?

Learning sign language is entirely dependent on the severity of your hearing loss. A hearing health professional’s evaluation will point you in the appropriate route. They will be better able to diagnose the best course of treatment for your unique needs if you are open and honest with them about your daily experiences and needs. Provide information about your living and working situations, as well as your recreational interests, and assess which sounds have been impacted the most and what you require for a more complete hearing experience.

Will my hearing loss develop into deafness?

Certainly not. An evaluation is necessary to determine the condition and severity of the hearing loss. This will enable your doctor to determine whether or not additional tests are required, as well as which tests are required. After that, a thorough examination and diagnosis can be carried out.

Because there are many different types of hearing loss, it’s best, to be honest with your doctor. Hearing is a sense that deteriorates as we become older. Because there are so many factors that contribute to the progression of hearing loss, it’s essential to get advice from a hearing health professional. It has been proved that if hearing loss is ignored, it will progress at a faster rate. 

Hearing aids are also beneficial as soon as the need for them is recognized, as permanent hearing loss is irreversible. The more you get older, the more vital it is to take care of your hearing so you may continue to enjoy an outstanding hearing experience with your friends and family.

Will I need hearing aids in both ears?

Yes. Because each side is sensitive to distinct noises, both must be fully functional for us to enjoy the entire range of sound.

As a result, both ears must be equipped with hearing aids to enjoy a rich hearing experience and relish all the complexity and nuances of sound. Our brain loses its ability to pick up and translate sound once our hearing is affected, so the longer we ignore it, the worse our hearing becomes.

What are some of the best natural remedies for hearing loss?

There aren’t any, to be honest. 

Hearing loss is irreversible if the cilia or microscopic hairs are broken. The cilia are tiny hairlike structures found in the cochlea, or inner ear, that transport sound frequencies to the brain for interpretation. In humans, they are unable to regenerate. 

Aging, drugs, hearing practices, noise pollution, and heredity are just a few of the factors that might cause damage. As a result, how we care for our hearing health now and in the future is critical.

The good news is that if we stay watchful and proactive, we can put preventative measures that will ensure that we have healthy hearing for the rest of our lives. Here are a few things we can do to maintain our ears in good shape:

  • Avoid noise: Loud settings should be avoided as much as possible. Construction sites, weapons, explosives, musical performances, and even the incessant blaring of traffic horns can all cause serious harm.
  • Use hearing protection: Earplugs are inexpensive and easy to transport. When the sound level in your immediate vicinity exceeds 85 decibels, this device should be utilized.
  • Use earbuds safely: if you must use earbuds, set the volume to 60% for at least 60 minutes. Noise-canceling headphones are a better choice.
  • Hearing evaluation: Seek a hearing health practitioner with whom you can establish a long-term relationship. As an adult, it is suggested that you have a check-up every 5 years and then every 3 years after the age of 50.

Should I get a cochlear implant?

It’s not likely you will need them – only when hearing aids are ineffective will a cochlear implant be an option. Cochlear implants are a type of hearing aid that is surgically implanted into the cochlea of the inner ear and is entirely electrical in nature instead of our natural acoustic hearing. The majority of the time, they are used for children born without the capacity to hear. On the other hand, adults who are unable to use hearing aids may be candidates for cochlear implants.

Hearing aids are non-invasive and come in a wide range of forms and functions. We can discuss and offer the best recommendations based on your needs.

We are only a phone call away! We’re confident we can assess and treat your hearing health for the best possible hearing treatment experience out there.