Hearing Loss Symptoms
Hearing Loss Symptoms
At least 5 out of every 10 persons diagnosed with hearing loss never really get to discover what it is that caused their loss in hearing. This is because the contributing factors may be gradual or sudden. They may even be a combination of both.
Fortunately, hearing loss symptoms are a lot easier to recognize. Being familiar with the different hearing loss symptoms will go a long way in ensuring that people seek help whenever the need arises. The odds of a hearing loss being successfully treated and reversed are greatly increased if they are brought to the attention of a physician early.
Some of the popular hearing loss symptoms that people should watch out for include:
- Increased difficulty listening to the radio or television without the volume being raised too high.
- Difficulty following conversations around loud background noise.
- Sharp or persistent dull pain in the outer, middle or inner ear.
- Sounds appeared muffled or different. This may be as a result of desensitized areas in the ear.
- Crawling sensation within the inner ear
- Increased difficulty hearing high pitch sounds.
- Ears constantly itching.
- Noises sound higher in one ear than they do in another.
- Persistent hissing, buzzing, ringing or roaring in the ears (also known as tinnitus)
- Sudden onset of vertigo. Because the auditory system is so closely connected to the brain, hearing disorders can lead to a loss in balance.
- Leaking fluid or pus from one or both ears. This may be caused as a result of an infection or injury.
- Dull pain around the head
Some of the hearing loss symptoms in children include:
- Children no longer respond to voices that should ordinarily be familiar.
- Babies do not appear to be startled when there is a sudden loud noise next to them.
- Children who are still unable to form 2 word sentences even after 30 months.
Hearing loss symptoms may be temporary or permanent depending on the causative factor. 10% of the people who experience mild hearing loss symptoms go on to experience more severe symptoms. Hearing loss symptoms are harder to treat the longer that they are left unattended.
Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss Symptoms
One of the popular treatment options recommended to improve hearing loss symptoms is the use of hearing aids. Hearing aids can be used to
- Fight tinnitus
- Restore normal hearing
- Improve a person’s ability to follow normal conversations.
Hearing aids may be a viable option for people experiencing mild, moderate or severe hearing loss. Remember though that hearing aids do not actually increase your hearing, they merely treat the symptoms. It is important that people take good care of their hearing aids. Avoid wearing hearing aids with dead batteries. To reduce the risk of infection, hearing aids should also be cleaned as often as possible. When they are not being used, hearing aids should be turned off and stored in clean dry place. Do not expose your hearing aids to children or pets. It is not advisable to use hair products or spray when wearing hearing aids as these may interfere and affect the circuitry.