Why am I losing my hearing?
Hearing loss happens for many reasons; age is a major factor, with up to 30% of adults aged 65-74 years affected by some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can also be caused by exposure to loud noise, a virus, stroke, head injuries, tumours, and certain medicines; therefore it is important that people suffering from a suspected hearing loss should get their hearing checked at the earliest opportunity. Reputable companies such as Advance Hearing provide a no obligation, FREE, hearing test to clients.
Effects of hearing loss on the individual
Hearing loss can have devastating effects on a person if left untreated; the International Hearing Society cites loneliness, anger and depression as some of the impacts on an individual. However advancements in medicine and digital technologies have increased the range of treatments available. Of those treatments the hearing aid is still the most prevalent and cost effective solution to hearing loss.
Choosing a hearing aid
A hearing aid will increase your awareness of sounds and their sources leading to a much more fulfilled life. The hearing aid that will work best for you depends on the nature and severity of your hearing loss. Advance Hearing believe you should select an instrument that best suits your needs and lifestyle requirements. Similar to other equipment purchases, style and features affect cost; however, price alone should not determine which is the best hearing aid for you. With many styles to choose from, select one that is convenient and easy for you to use and consider the hearing aid company’s reputation for quality and customer service. Advance Hearing has been servicing hearing aids for over thirty years and with its Irish based technicians can repair all makes and models.
The Web has become an increasingly used tool for both research and purchases of hearing accessories, however it is not recommended to buy hearing aids over the web as only qualified audiologists should dispense hearing aids. Websites like www.advancehearing.com offer information about the various models of hearing aid and also have a hearing screening test. This would be the initial step in assessing your hearing level.
Tips on caring for your hearing aid:
Proper maintenance and care will extend the life of your hearing aid.
* Keep hearing aids away from heat and moisture.
* Clean hearing aids as instructed.
* Earwax and ear drainage can damage a hearing aid.
* Avoid using hairspray or other hair care products while wearing hearing aids.
* Turn off hearing aids when they are not in use.
* Replace dead batteries immediately.
Hearing loss statistics
Research in the USA (source NIDCD, June 2010) indicates men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women, with:
Approximately 17 percent of American adults report some degree of hearing loss, this would equate to circa. 500,000 adults in Ireland.
18 percent of adults 45-64 years old
30 percent of adults 65-74 years old
47 percent of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing impairment.
1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.
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