Listening is a skill that hearing should not limit

Listening is a skill that hearing should not limit


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What is hearing loss?

A hearing loss is more than the inability to hear loudly enough. People with a hearing loss experience problems in hearing and localising a sound source. They may also have a discrimination loss – that is, difficulty discriminating words from each other, even if they are fairly loud. They can hear the words, but fail to understand the spoken message.


The signs and symptoms of hearing loss my include:


The most common type of hearing loss is the natural deterioration of hearing with age. However, in our continuously developing digital era, frequent exposure to loud noises and music can be detrimental to hearing, regardless of age. In addition, hearing loss can occur:


Untreated Hearing Loss

Let’s say that you suspect you may have a hearing loss, but you put off having it diagnosed. This could have serious social, emotional, physiological and psychological effects on you:

  1. Feelings of irritability, negativity or anger
  2. Fatigue, tension, stress or depression
  3. Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
  4. Damaged interpersonal relationships
  5. Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
  6. Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
  7. Reduced job performance
  8. Diminished psychological and overall health

At serious condition that occurs when the auditory nerve and other areas of the brain responsible for processing and interpreting sound are deprived of sound and begins to atrophy or weakens further.

In addition, new studies have shown a significant link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. Even individuals with mild hearing losses are nearly twice as likely to develop dementia compared to those with normal hearing.

Therefore, the key to hearing better for longer is keeping the hearing mechanism active. One way to do this is to use hearing aids – even if the hearing loss is minimal.

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