Hearing loss affects approximately 70% of Canadians over the age of 70, but changes in hearing due to aging or noise exposure can begin at a much earlier age. Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation, anxiety and depression. The use of hearing aids will not restore the hearing you once had however hearing aids can help stimulate the hearing you have left and help maintain your speech understanding. The result is easier communication with your loved ones and improved quality of life.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be present differently, depending on the individual, their lifestyle and the situations in which they most often communicate. The most common signs of hearing loss include:
Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss has many different causes. Medication, heredity, noise exposure, aging, infections, loud blasts or injury can all affect our hearing. Even hobbies such as motorcycling or hunting without ear protection impacts our hearing over time as does the use of personal music systems.
The primary types of hearing loss are conductive and sensorineural or a combination of them both.