One of the major changes that occur in our body as we age is that our hearing may become a bit problematic. If you are wondering why your hearing is becoming less than perfect then read the article below.
We all know that our ears are part of our body we probably don’t want to live without. There is a common misconception that hearing loss only affects the very elderly, but we may start to see those changes much earlier.
However, there are people who experience hearing loss as they get older and it can be due to a number of factors. The causes of hearing loss are divided into a few categories:
Genetic: This is caused by a family history of hearing loss or by an inherited condition
Meningitis: This is an infection of the fluid that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord
Head injury: This is a condition where the head is injured and there is a decrease in the amount of blood supply to the ear
Ear disease: This is caused by an ear infection or by the buildup of wax
Diabetes: This is a condition where the sugar level of the blood is high
Hearing loss is the leading reason for people to seek medical attention. It is estimated that approximately 50 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss…not just the elderly.
Symptoms of hearing loss:
- You feel that you are missing something when you talk to someone.
- You feel that you are not being heard and that you can’t understand what someone is saying to you.
- You feel that you have difficulty understanding what you are reading.
- You can’t follow a conversation when there is a lot of background noise.
- You can’t enjoy movies or music because you can’t hear the lyrics or the songs.
- You can’t hear a baby’s cry.
- You can’t hear a radio.
- You can’t hear the TV.
- You can’t hear the phone.
- You can’t hear the television.
If you notice these symptoms, it’s ok. There are many treatments available to you. Give us a call, make an appointment and explore your treatment options. While hearing loss is common in people over 65 it can begin decades earlier.