Hearing loss is closely tied to almost everyone's life. While you may enjoy good hearing, those around you might be struggling. At Chosgo Hearing, we believe that gaining more knowledge about hearing can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with hearing loss.
When someone experiences a decline in hearing, they may not be aware of it or may not know how to address the issue. Similar to other health issues, individuals often deny the existence of the problem. Suggesting a hearing test might be met with strong resistance. Therefore, it's crucial to provide compelling reasons to make them realize the importance of addressing their hearing concerns.
If someone has become accustomed to hearing loss over the years, accustomed to focusing intently on listening, used to not actively participating in conversations, or used to dominating discussions to avoid listening to others, a warm and sincere conversation is still necessary to make them acknowledge the issue and seek a solution promptly.
Hearing loss comes in various types, and it's essential to identify the specific type affecting you or your loved ones.
Three Types of Hearing Loss:
Sensorineural Hearing Loss: The most common type involves the processing of nerve signals from the ear to the brain and is mainly associated with aging.
Conductive Hearing Loss: Related to obstacles in the transmission of sound in the auditory pathway, most cases can be improved through treatment.
Mixed Hearing Loss: Simultaneously involves sensorineural and conductive pathway obstacles, requiring a comprehensive approach to treatment.
Manifestations of Hearing Loss:
Hearing loss is generally an invisible impairment, making it challenging to assess someone's hearing through observation alone. The signs of hearing loss become apparent through interaction over a period.
If you suspect someone around you is experiencing hearing loss, here are some discerning methods:
Seven Signs of Hearing Loss:
- No response when called by name.
- Frequently asking for repeated statements.
- Misunderstanding conversations or often withdrawing from them.
- Turning the head to bring the ear closer to the sound source.
- Always increasing the volume of the television.
- Not hearing doorbells or phone calls.
- Participating less in social activities due to frustration.
Impact of Hearing Loss on Emotions:
Beyond external indicators, individuals with hearing loss may experience:
- Feeling burdened to hear clearly what others are saying.
- Complaining that others speak unclearly, resembling mumbling.
- Feeling stressed in social situations, especially in keeping up with conversations.
- Experiencing awkwardness when meeting new people.
The Slow Development of Hearing Loss:
For those unaware of their hearing loss, difficulties in hearing are often attributed to others or the environment. They may say, "If they spoke clearly, I wouldn't need them to repeat so often" or "They used to speak much clearer before."
While these statements may sound unbelievable, from the perspective of the individual with hearing loss, it's understandable if they are unaware that the problem originates from themselves.