Introduction To Hearing Impairment
If you are hearing impaired, it can mean you are partly or completely unable to hear in one or two ears.
There are four levels of deafness.
If you have mild deafness, you may find it difficult to talk to people especially in noisy places.
If you are moderately deaf, you may not be able to hear someone talking without using a hearing aid.
If you are severely deaf, you need to lip-read or use sign language, even with a hearing aid.
Finally, if you are profoundly deaf, you must rely only on lip-reading and sign language.
Do Other People Complain About The Volume Of Your Music Or Television?
Do You Often Miss The Sound Of The Doorbell Or The Phone Ringing?
Do You Frequently Have To Ask People To Repeat Themselves?
Do You Work In A Noisy Environment?
Do You Often Misunderstand What People Are Saying?
Do You Have To Concentrate Quite Hard To Understand The Other Person When You Are Having A Conversation?
Do You Often Get Confused About The Direction A Sound Is Coming From?
Do The Voices Of Women And Children Seem Harder To Understand?
Does It Seem As Though Everyone Is Mumbling?
Can You Sometimes Hear A Hissing, Rushing, Or Ringing Sound?
This is the most common cause of hearing impairment. Most people start to lose of their hearing when they are between 30 and 40 years old. This gets worse as you grow older, and by 80 years old you would have significant hearing problems.
This means your ears are damaged from hearing loud noises for a long time.
This means sound cannot enter the inner part of your ears. It can be caused by something blocking your ears, such as earwax, or a build-up of fluid that could be caused by infection.
This happens after the sensitive hair cells in your ear are damaged.
A doctor will use an auriscope, which is an instrument with a light at one end, to look into your ear to find anything abnormal, such as fluid coming out of the ear or blockage. Your doctor may also look at your eardrum to see if it is bulging or has a hole.
This increases the volume of sound entering your ear so you can hear more clearly.
These are hearing devices that are inserted into your inner ear. They take over what your damaged inner ear does, and passes sound on to the remaining nerves in your ears that are not damaged.
People who have learnt to talk before they lost their hearing can learn lip-reading to make it easier to understand what other people are saying. Those born with hearing problems may find lip-reading more difficult and may learn sign language instead.
Do not turn up your television, radio or music volume up too high. This is especially so for young children, who have more delicate hearing.
Use headphones that block outside noises: This keeps you from having to turn up the volume, which can damage your hearing.
Do not insert objects in your ears: This includes fingers, cotton buds, and tissue paper, which can hurt your ears.
Be aware of symptoms of hearing loss.
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