“Everyone will experience hearing loss” – when’s the right time for a Hearing Aid?
Hearing Loss is a degenerative ailment which will impact everyone at some point in their lives. What differs amongst people is the rate of hearing loss, “and that’s largely determined by your genes,” Lustig says. “Chances are you’re going to have the same hearing loss as your parents, although that can be influenced by noise exposure.” Lawrence Lusting, MD, is the Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Subtlety of Hearing Loss
Many of us will not realise we are experiencing hearing loss, until we face situations where we realise difficulty in communication with our family or in certain environments. Where perhaps conversations are difficulty to understand, and we are having to ask questions like, ‘sorry can you repeat that again’, or ‘I didn’t get what you just said its too noisy’. At this point, hearing loss is at a point where it would be beneficial to use a hearing device that can improve your listening and sound perception.
“There’s clearly an association between dementia and hearing loss, The question is whether one causes the other, but we don’t have a definitive answer yet.”
Dr Lawrence Ludwig, MD, Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Chronic Hearing Loss can lead to Depression, Social Anxiety
Forgoing a hearing aid if you have hearing loss may even be detrimental, because nerves in the auditory system aren’t being activated. Recent research links hearing aids and mental health and we have shared this previously in our blogs. Here is a link to that article. “If you can’t take part in conversations anymore, you can become socially withdrawn and isolated, and we know that can lead to depression,” Dr. Lustig says. “There’s clearly an association between dementia and hearing loss, The question is whether one causes the other, but we don’t have a definitive answer yet.”
How Can You Get Help?
A lot of people think they can go about their lives just fine without hearing aids, but hearing loss is not benign. If you are experiencing Hearing Loss, the best place to begin is to consult with an audiologist. An audiologist can conduct a full hearing assessment and determine the extent of hearing loss that you are experiencing. At the Art of Hearing, our experienced audiologists can assist you with understanding the extent of your hearing loss and how can this be impacting your lifestyle. Depending on the results of the hearing assessment, you can then choose whether to have a hearing device to assist you with your hearing.
Acute Hearing Loss can be serious!
However, it is important to distinguish degenerative gradual hearing loss, from acute hearing loss. Acute hearing loss can present as a symptom for Stroke. Hence if you’re experiencing a sudden, unexplained loss of hearing, lose hearing in just one ear, or loss of hearing accompanies other symptoms like vertigo or weakness in the face, skip the store and head straight to the Emergency Department.