There are a plethora of everyday activities that can contribute to hearing loss. It doesn’t have to be something as shocking as an explosion or damaging as gunfire, it could be any number of daily habits or routines. Here are a few examples:
1.) Exposure to a noisy subway for just 15 minutes a day over time or listening to an MP3 player at high volume can cause permanent hearing problems.
2.) Any time that tinnitus (ringing in the ears) comes on suddenly, particularly in one ear or is associated with hearing loss, seek an immediate evaluation. Tinnitus affects 50 million people in the United States.
3.) People with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help. When you notice the problem, do not hesitate to contact a hearing aid center. In such a center, you will be purchasing professional audiology care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected, the appropriate batteries are being used and that its proper programming is completed.
4.) Hearing aids do not restore hearing to normal. Hearing aids do not cure your hearing loss, but they provide benefits and improvement in communication. They can improve your hearing and listening abilities, and they can substantially improve your quality of life.
5.) For individuals with profound hearing problems, even the most powerful hearing aids provide little if any benefit. If the benefit you receive is not adequate for listening and spoken communication, your audiologist and ENT may begin to discuss cochlear implant candidacy as a hearing loss solution.