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Being able to hear is often something many of us take for granted. As we age, our hearing can easily go downhill. There are even many people young than 65 that have problems with their hearing. There is hope. There are many ways to help people with the loss of the ability to hear. The best way to know what hearing help is right for you is to go to a professional to diagnose your condition and prescribe the proper remedy to help you hear well again.
Understanding How We Lose Our Hearing
Understanding how you can lose your hearing is the best way to treatment. Losing our hearing cannot be cured, but it can be treated. It is a permanent condition. There are three types of loss. Sensorineural, conductive, and mixed hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is when the inner ear nerves have been damaged. The damage is often caused by age, medications, or damage from very loud noises also known as NIHL. The loss also is a result of damage to the delicate hairs in the ear that allow us to detect sound. Conductive loss is basically loss due to an obstruction. Conductive sound can usually be helped through surgery or medicine. The last loss is a mixed loss. Mixed loss is a loss of hearing due to a combination of issues from both sensorineural hearing loss and conductive loss.
Treatment When You are Losing Your Hearing
Letting the loss of hearing go untreated can have devastating effects. There are many treatments that someone losing their hearing can find. Untreated hearing loss happens from embarrassment or lack of funds to pay for treatment. There is always a way to get help with treatments for ears that are ailing. The first thing to do is to go to an ear doctor and get a hearing test. The right doctor will diagnose your untreated hearing loss, and the doctor will figure out the best plan to treat you. There are several solutions to losing your hearing. Seeking treatment is the right thing to do.
There are several solutions to treat the loss of hearing. You and your doctor will come up with the best solution for you. Surgery is possible in some cases, but most solutions for seeking treatment for the loss of hearing are with hearing aids. The technology for hearing aids has gotten amazing. You will be excited about your options. The first concern is about batteries. Today, most hearing aids use ion rechargeable batteries to power them. The batteries are small and can be charged overnight when you sleeping. There are many people who still use throw away battery hearing aids, because the rechargeable aids tend to not last all day with high use. Hearing aids come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors. The technology is different in different brands. The prices of hearing aids can vary based on quality and design.
Benefits of Treating the Loss of Hearing
While hearing loss cannot be cured there a lot of treatment options that bring significant benefits to social, emotional, financial aspects of one’s life. The first step is just admitting that you have a hearing problem if you have one. There is no shame in losing your hearing. It happens to many people. Security and independence are two benefits of gaining back your hearing with a hearing aid. Communication is the epicenter of happiness and health with family and friends. Keeping depression away caused by aging is helped with the ability to hear again. The brain is proven to function better when we can hear as opposed to not being able to hear the wonderful sounds of life.
Getting your hearing tested is the right thing to do. The sooner a person identifies that their hearing abilities have changed and seek a hearing test, the better. There is no need to suffer from bad hearing when there are so many fabulous solutions to treating anyone who is hard of hearing. Make an appointment today with our team today!
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