For many people, hearing loss is a normal consequence of the aging process and the onset is so gradual as not to perceive the deterioration of their hearing. Hearing loss can also be caused by ear infections, genetic medical disorders, diseases, injuries or prolonged exposure to noise.
Hearing loss is the most common medical problem worldwide. It is also one of the most neglected problem, unfortunately due to the fact that hearing loss and many psychological effects are largely exposed.
Hearing loss is not only listening to sounds with reduced intensity. Instead you may notice that some speech sounds -like “s”, “th” and “f” -are heard with more difficulty than others. This is the reason why those who suffer from hearing loss can often listen to others but without understanding what is said.
This problem can be exacerbated. Although most cases of hearing loss do not cause physical pain, they can lead to social and psychological problems. These include: communication failure, difficulties at work due to social isolation, depression, frustration and lack of confidence. Hearing loss cases that have not properly addressed in childhood can cause speaking skills growth retardation, language handling difficulties and learning difficulties.
If you suspect that you may suffer from hearing loss, ask yourself:
- Do you often ask others to repeat what they said?
- Do you adjust the TV and radio louder than other attendees?
- Is it especially difficult to understand any discussions when there are other noises in your environment?
- Do you listen to the speech of others as a murmur?
- Are you experiencing difficulty in monitoring group discussions?
- Do you find it hard to identify the direction from which sounds come from?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may suffer from hearing loss. It is extremely important to contact a qualified professional who can help you determine the type and extent of your hearing loss and the measures you can take.