Hearing loss simply refers to your ability to hear being reduced, either suddenly or over time. It affects almost one in seven people in Australia, or 14.5% of the whole population.
Hearing loss can occur due to accidents, brain injuries, prolonged exposure to loud noises, coming into contact with chemicals or drugs, or it can simply diminish gradually as we age. The hearing loss that occurs naturally as we grow older is known as ‘presbycusis’.
Hearing loss is the result of something not working as it should either within your ear or the hearing section of your brain (known as the auditory cortex). This part of our brain regulates the auditory system, performing basic and higher functions in hearing, as well as giving us the ability to switch between different languages if we’re multilingual.
When hearing loss occurs due to an ear malfunction, it is defined as one of three types:
Hearing loss can also occur due to a build-up of earwax in the ear canal. Unfortunately, most types of hearing loss cannot be reversed or ‘cured’. However, modern technological advancement has meant that we now have access to high quality, virtually undetectable hearing aids that can make a hugely positive difference to the lives of those experiencing a reduced capacity to hear.
It’s easy to take for granted how important our hearing is in perceiving (and enjoying) the world around us. That is, until we start to experience the struggle of hearing loss ourselves!
From chatting with our friends, family and colleagues, to speaking on the phone, listening to music, playing sports and driving – our ability to hear plays into thousands of tasks we complete everyday.
Because of this importance, hearing loss can be quite confronting. Whether it’s losing a small amount of your hearing gradually, or having your hearing ability deteriorate dramatically in a short amount of time – we understand that the experience can be highly distressing.
That’s why Bay Audio are dedicated to supporting you in helping to find the right hearing technology solution for your needs.
There are a few ways that hearing loss can manifest itself in everyday life.
You may simply be having trouble hearing everything that happens around you, or you may not be able to hear anything at all. Regular sounds (like the phone ringing, people talking, car horns beeping or music) may be muffled or no longer as clear as they once were.
You might find yourself trying to compensate for your hearing loss, as you’re forced to find other ways to fully understand interactions with the people around you. You may start to rely on lip reading or body language to fully grasp what conversations are about.
Some other signs and symptoms of hearing loss might include:
If some of these symptoms ring true for you, you may be experiencing hearing loss. Thankfully, modern technology has created hearing aids that deliver truly amazing hearing improvements while remaining virtually undetectable.
Bay Audio are the hearing technology experts, and can find the perfect hearing aid for you to ensure you can continue to enjoy life as normal. If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, book a hearing test with one of our experts now.