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Are You Experiencing Hearing Loss?

Do Any of These Things Happen to You?

  • You have trouble understanding the things that people are saying.
  • You find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves.
  • You find it challenging to understand conversations whenever there’s any background noise, especially in a busy workplace or when you are at a restaurant.
  • You avoid social situations because you have trouble following conversations.
  • You turn up the radio and TV volume to hear correctly, but people around tell you it’s too loud.
  • You can sometimes hear ringing in your ears.
  • You hear less from one ear than the other.
  • You have been told that you might have a hearing problem.
Hearing Loss

Can Hearing Loss be Treated?

Hearing loss isn’t always easy to detect. It occurs very slowly, and you may feel that people around you are speaking softly, and don't realize you that can't hear well. It also means you end up missing out on conversations and building connections. Sounds around you may seem muffled, and you may find that you can’t hear people well. TV programs, news, and movies can become very challenging to follow.

The good news is that most hearing loss isn’t severe and can be treated. You needn’t feel left out or at sea when you can easily get more from life.

Some Hearing Loss Statistics

Hearing loss is far more common than you might believe. Almost 48 million Americans have hearing loss, and this included one out of six baby boomers. Factors including diabetes, etc. can cause hearing loss. However, in most cases, it is an age-related condition. You can't reverse aging or stop it either.

However, hearing loss is treatable. With the appropriate hearing aids and a customized treatment plan, you will be able to hear better again. It means you won’t need to turn up the TV or radio and won’t have to ask people to repeat themselves. With the right treatment, at the right time, you would be able to continue with your life as usual and live it to the fullest.

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How Does The Human Ear Function?

Hearing involves the right connection between your brain and your ears. You can hear when sound waves touch the outer ear (the areas that are on either side of your head). These waves move through a tube-like passageway called the auditory canal (that has a lining of small glands and tiny hairs) to the middle ear. This part of the ear has three parts- the eardrum, the anvil, and the hammer, all of which are small bones. The middle ear has a crucial role to play in hearing as it amplified various sounds. If there is any disruption in the middle ear, it can result in significant hearing loss over time.

What Occurs Inside Your Ear?

When sound waves of any kind, move through your ear’s canal and touch the eardrum, it vibrates. This vibration moves the hammer-shaped bone in the ear. This bone moves the anvil, which, in turn, causes the stirrup to move and transmits the vibrations further down, into your inner ear.

Your inner ear is made of a miniature, snail-like structure called the cochlea and the auditory nerve. This nerve is the connector between the brain and the cochlea. The tiny hair cells help convert the sound waves into the nerve impulses, which travel to your brain. This is the point where the sound is interpreted as music, voices, the chirping of birds, etc. Regardless of how you look at it, the hearing process is wondrous, and it happens within a split second.

Factors such as aging, noise, diseases, and certain drugs can damage hair cells. Once these cells vanish, you can’t make them grow back using Rogaine. However, you can use hearing aids to help compensate.

If you are experiencing any level of hearing loss, or feel that you have difficulty hearing, Dr. Schade is right here to help. The Hearing Aid Doctor can assess and determine what isn’t functioning as it should. He’ll explain your treatment options and help you a solution best-suited for your hearing needs as well as your lifestyle.