If you say to yourself “I have a hearing loss”, you are part of a very large group of people. Hearing loss is very common. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world live with a hearing loss. Several surveys in Europe and in the US have found that around one in ten state that they have a hearing loss. Many of these use hearing aids and other hearing instruments to treat their hearing loss.
Causes of hearing loss
Some are born with a hearing loss, others get a hearing loss because of exposure to noise (noise-induced hearing loss). Actually, noise is one of the most common cause of hearing loss. Some get a hearing loss because of diseases or injuries while others have special conditions such as specific syndromes that cause hearing loss.
Many have a hearing loss because of aging. Among seniors, the number of people with hearing loss is even higher, with one in four or one in three having a hearing loss. As we get older, we all lose some of our hearing and as they age many will experience an age-related hearing loss, also called Presbycusis or Presbyacusis.
Untreated hearing loss
Living with an untreated hearing loss has a series of consequences. First of all, if you have an untreated hearing loss, you are not able to hear in many situations: at home, at work and when socialising. But people with an untreated hearing loss also often experience a series of social, mental and physical consequences because of their hearing loss.
Treatment of hearing loss
Maybe you already use hearing aids or have a hearing implant such as a cochlear implant.
If you do not treat your hearing loss with hearing instruments, the best advice is to contact a hearing professional to have your hearing tested and start using hearing aids or other hearing solutions if the hearing test shows that you can benefit from using hearing instruments.
A sensorineural hearing loss such as an age-related hearing loss or a noise-induced hearing loss can only be treated with hearing aids or other types of hearing instruments.
In some cases of a conductive hearing loss, an operation can cure or reduce the hearing loss. But it always depends on the cause of the conductive hearing loss.