Common Signs, Causes, and Remedies for Hearing Loss
Losing the ability to hear doesn’t occur overnight; it’s a gradual process that takes place over time. Although hearing loss is most prevalent among individuals 65 years of age or older, it can still occur to younger individuals. No matter your age, however, it’s always a good idea to know the early signs of hearing loss. This way, you can schedule an ear canal inspection early on. Here, we’ll go over the most common signs and symptoms of hearing loss. As always, Mission Hearing Aid Center is here to provide ear canal inspections as well as high-quality hearing aids to individuals in the El Paso region.
Common Signs of Hearing Loss
The list of hearing loss symptoms is somewhat vast and varied. For all intents and purposes, however, we’ll go over some of the most common signs our clients experience when they visit us. A hearing test may be in order if you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Turning up the volume more often than before
- Asking people to speak up or repeat what they just said
- Having a hard time understanding words, particularly against background noise
- Started avoiding social settings or withdrawing from conversations
Although hearing loss takes some time to become truly noticeable, there are some instances that will require a visit to the doctor as soon as possible. If you experience sudden hearing loss, especially in one ear, then it’s in your best interest to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Hearing Loss
Since the internal and external workings of the ear are so intricate and minutely detailed, many disparate issues can lead to hearing loss.
Inner Ear Damage
The most common cause, however, is damage to the inner ear. As we age, the inner ear becomes more fragile and susceptible to damage. Exposure to loud noises can also cause damage to the cochlea’s hairs and nerve cells.
This may not sound as serious as the previous entry but it’s true, a gradual buildup of earwax can cause your ear canal to get blocked. This blockage then prevents soundwaves to travel through your ear canal. Thankfully, this issue can be resolved through earwax removal services.
Perhaps the most immediate cause of hearing loss, ruptured eardrums can lead to hearing issues. This can be caused by loud noises (especially blasts), sudden changes in pressure, and even by poking your eardrum with a foreign object. In general, ruptured eardrums can heal within three months.
Common Risk Factors of Hearing Loss
Our ears face a constant barrage of sounds on a daily basis so it’s no surprise that everyone is at risk of hearing loss, even if it’s not a hereditary issue. By practicing safe hearing, however, you can avoid most issues relating to hearing loss. You see, it’s very easy for our ear canals to get damaged.
Loud noises, for example, can damage those cells and hairs that reside within your eardrums. And it’s not just loud rock music. A loud, short blast of noise, such as a gunshot, can lead to hearing loss issues. If you spend time in loud environments, you can avoid issues relating to hearing loss by wearing ear protection. Even recreational events, such as rock concerts, can produce high noise levels which can then lead to hearing damage. If you’re going to a concert, even if you’re young, make sure to wear earplugs to save yourself from hearing issues!
Even if you’re as safe as possible, risk factors such as aging and genetics can also lay the groundwork for potential hearing loss in your future. This is why more elderly individuals face hearing issues as opposed to younger people, (but this isn’t to say hearing damage is mutually exclusive to older individuals!).
Common Remedies to Hearing Loss
Although we’ve already touched on some common remedies for hearing loss (such as earwax removal), there are some hearing issues that are permanent and irreversible. This isn’t to say there’s nothing you can do to restore your hearing ability. Hearing aids from Mission Hearing Aid Center can bridge the gap between hearing issues and clear, proper hearing ability.
So, if you’re facing hearing issues, then Mission Hearing Aid Center is ready to help. We offer free ear canal insections and consultations. If we uncover a need for hearing aids, then we’ll gladly provide a comprehensive evaluation so you’ll know what the best route to take will be. We offer hearing aid molding services so your hearing aid will be as comfortable as it is useful. We carry the best hearing aid brands so you can rest easy knowing you’ve made the right choice. Contact or message Mission Hearing Aid Center today to learn more about what we have to offer!