Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Queries
Meaningless questions do not exist, especially when it concerns scientifically specialized knowledge, which most people have not been given the chance, or the reason to acquire. When we realize that we are facing a hearing problem or when we live with a person who has a compromised hearing ability, automatically questions are being raised which are common among most of us. In this section you will find useful information and answers to the most frequent queries that concern the sense of hearing and its loss. For any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
How many people have hearing loss?
Almost 1 out of 7 Europeans suffer from some degree of hearing loss. This means that almost 14% of Europeans have hearing loss and 60% of people with hearing loss are under the retirement age.
What are some causes of hearing loss?
-Prolonged exposure to loud noises ( military, hunting, music, industrial, chainsaw, lawnmowers)
-Some cases of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
-Some ototoxic antibiotics
-Some medical diseases
-Accumulation of cerumen ( ear wax)
What are the different kinds of hearing loss?
There are three primary types of hearing loss:
-Conductive Hearing Loss:
Results from a problem with the conduction of sound from the outer ear (the part you can see) to the inner ear (where the nerve is located). This can result from wax buildup, ear infections, trauma to the ear or other problem with the eardrum or bones that conduct sound through the middle ear. Those with this type of loss have a problem with volume rather than understanding ability.
-Sensorineural Hearing Loss:
Involves some sort of deterioration of the inner ear or the hearing nerve. The aging process, noise-exposure, some cancer treatments, illness, and other degenerative processes could cause this loss. This type of hearing loss sometimes impairs understanding ability.
-Mixed Hearing Loss:
Occurs when there’s a problem in the inner ear and outer or middle ear. It’s a combination of a conductive and sensoineural hearing loss.
What are some of the symptoms of hearing loss?
Everyone’s hearing is unique, so everyone experiences hearing loss in different ways. Here are some of the common symptoms:
-You often miss certain words or find yourself confusing words or misunderstanding conversations.
-You frequently ask the speaker to repeat what was said.
-Your family members or friends have expressed concern about your hearing.
-You avoid certain social situations (the theater, restaurants, parties) because it’s difficult to hear.
-You have difficulty understanding telephone conversations.
-You turn up the volume on the radio or television to levels that are too loud for others
-You have difficulty following conversations in groups or in the presence of background noise.
-You have difficulty hearing outdoor sounds such as birds or the wind.
-You have ringing or buzzing in your ear.
What symptoms indicate the need for a medical evaluation?
If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek the attention of a medical professional as soon as possible:
-Pain or ache in the ear
-Bleeding/draining from your ears
-Sudden hearing loss
-Problems with your balance or dizziness
-Fluctuating hearing loss
-Ringing in ears
-Feeling of fullness or pressure in the ears
Does earwax cause hearing loss?
Earwax, also called “cerumen”, is an oily substance your body creates to protect your ear canal. Many people are concerned they produce too much earwax, but there’s generally no cause for concern. It’s possible for earwax to build up and partially or completely obstruct the ear canal. This can result in a mild to moderate hearing loss. Most of the time, once the wax is removed the hearing is restored. Your Earplus hearing health care professional can let you know if you have a wax buildup and how it can be removed.
What is the ringing sound in my head/ears?
This is called tinnitus. It’s usually an indication of some damage to your auditory system (especially noise damage). It can be constant or periodic and on one specific side or in the middle of your head. There is no cure for tinnitus, but there are methods that can minimize its impact. Sometimes hearing aids help by bringing more sound to the brain, thus distracting attention from the ringing. If you have ringing consistently on one side, you should ask your doctor about it.
Why do I have difficulty hearing within a crowd?
You might have a high frequency hearing loss. In result you can hear well when you are participating in a conversation with one person or a small group of people, but in larger groups and noise environment, you hear noise louder than conversation.