the use of hearing aids can significantly enhance social situations and provide a more enjoyable lifestyle. It may even delay early dementia.
Are you having difficulty understanding words in a conversation, or turning up the volume on your TV, or asking people to repeat themselves when speaking to you, or even avoiding conversations and social gatherings?
If so, you are likely suffering from hearing loss. Up to one third of those between the ages of 65 to 75 and one half of those over 75, have some degree of hearing loss.
Hearing loss can occur for a number of reasons:
– Prolonged exposure to loud noise which damages the very sensitive inner ear nerves.
– Earwax which can build up in the ear canal and form a physical barrier blocking sound waves from the inner ear.
– Ruptured eardrum from exposure to an explosive noise, from infection, or from damage such as sticking something in your ear, most commonly a Q-tip.
There are various risk factors leading to hearing loss including:
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