Frequently asked questions about hearing loss
Posted on Mar 16, 2017
There are many questions and queries that are asked in relation to hearing loss and hearing aids. If you haven't yet, check out some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about hearing aids in particular. If you have something you'd like to ask an audiologist, trust us, you're not the only one to wonder!
Of course, it's natural that you may have just as many questions about hearing loss, if not more. Here are a few that we get quite a lot:
Are there different types of hearing loss?
Yes. Just like how our eyesight can differ, so can our ears. When we start to lose our hearing, it's not necessarily in the same way as your parents or friends.
Age-related hearing loss happens gradually as we get older, whereas the more common type, sensorineural hearing loss, happens because the delicate sensory hairs in our inner ear canal are damaged from exposure to loud sounds.
These are just a few types of impaired hearing – there's also conductive hearing loss (issue in the middle ear), tinnitus (a ringing sensation) and physical injury, which may change the structure of our ears and affect our hearing.
What are the risk factors that cause hearing loss at a younger age?
Hearing loss isn't a condition that only affects people in older age brackets.
Despite common belief, hearing loss isn't a condition that only affects people in older age brackets. Age-related hearing loss can affect older people, but noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and sensorineural hearing loss can be found in people of all ages.
For younger people, risk factors include prolonged exposure to loud noise, such as going to concerts and listening to music, without taking or using any precautionary measures.
To best avoid developing NIHL, limit exposure to these loud sounds by setting volume limits on your headphones and using earplugs when necessary.
Is there a cure for hearing loss yet?
While not all hearing loss conditions are permanent, there is currently no instant 'fix-all' for hearing loss. Scientists are constantly finding new advancements, getting closer to a possible cure with each discovery, but whether or not there is a cure, the best way to prolong your hearing is through preventative measures.
You can talk to your audiologist about lifestyle changes that help your hearing in both the short- and long-term.
How do I know if I have hearing loss?
Many times, the signs that you may have hearing loss aren't evident until they pose a problem with day-to-day living. Often, it'll be your family members and friends that realise first, because you're constantly listening at a volume that they consider is too loud or asking them to repeat themselves.
In the first instances of your family pointing it out, it can be hard to accept that you may have a problem with your hearing. You may think you hear completely fine, but the best way to make sure your hearing is okay is through a hearing test. The good news is, it's non-invasive, painless, and at no cost* to you! Simply click here to book your appointment with us.
If I have hearing loss, do I need to wear a hearing aid?
It's likely that you may need a hearing aid fitted, but only an audiologist can assess your individual circumstance and decide for you. This depends on many factors such as the type and degree of hearing loss you may have.
There is no obligation to get a hearing aid equipped when you come in for a test – the decision ultimately lies with you. However, we do recommend hearing aids for many people as it can help enhance your quality of life.
Hopefully these FAQs answer your queries. However, if you have any more questions, you can always give us a call on 1800 030 502 to talk to one of our experienced audiologists.