Causes of Hearing Loss
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, the most common causes of hearing loss in adults are noise and aging (or if you prefer, hearing loss is a side effect of eating birthday cake)... Other causes of hearing loss can include excessive earwax buildup, an object in the ear, injury to the ear or head, ear infection, a ruptured eardrum, and other conditions that affect the middle or inner ear.
If the problem is middle ear based, then it is quite possible that an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) doctor may be able to correct the condition. However, if the problem is in the inner ear, the only way to help with that is through technology. The technology available in some of today’s digital hearing aids is absolutely incredible. Helen Keller was once asked if she could have either her eyesight or her hearing restored which would she choose? She replied she would rather have her hearing because vision allows you to see things but your hearing connects you to people. Our exclusive multi-step evaluation will educate you on if you have a hearing loss, and if you do, if an evaluation by an ENT is necessary.
Hearing is the social sense. It does indeed connect us to people. It is the only one of our five senses that others may notice we are experiencing problems with before we notice ourselves. Our stories and our language connects us and when we don’t feel like we are being listened to it can create big problems in our relationships. Because you can’t see a hearing loss, the other person’s gut reaction is that you are choosing not to listen. That can cause anger, frustration, and hurt feelings. So to hold up our end of the social contract, we need to do everything we can to make communication automatic and effortless.
In my forty years as an audiologist I have heard “I hear everything I want to hear” more times than I care to remember. Now let’s put aside today’s political climate where it appears that not only does no one want to listen but that they willfully misinterpret what the other person is saying. Hopefully we don’t live our lives that way. So my question to you, if you are one of those people thinking you hear everything you want to hear is: How do you know? How CAN you know? Hearing shouldn’t be optional. When hearing becomes optional that is when you start to fade away. Fight fading away! You only get one life and you owe it to yourself and your friends and family to do everything you can to stay in the conversation. Hearing loss is one of a very few difficulties that are felt by friends and families as much as the afflicted. As a result, treating hearing loss is not just a gift for the person receiving the treatment, it truly is a gift for everyone in that person’s life. You should never miss an opportunity to hear someone say “I love you”!