Hearing Loss Affects Millions Of People
There are many causes of hearing loss but age and exposure to loud noise/music are the most common. According to the charity Action on Hearing Loss there are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of deafness.
Most people begin to lose a small amount of hearing between the ages of 30 to 40. This loss gradually increases the older you get so by the age of 80 most people will have significant hearing problems.
As your hearing starts to deteriorate high-frequency sounds, such as female or children’s voices, may become difficult to hear. It may also be harder to hear consonants. This can make understanding speech in background noise very difficult.
Exposure To Loud Noises
Damage to the ear due to repeated exposure to loud noises is also among the common causes of hearing loss.
You’re at a higher risk of suffering from noise-induced hearing loss if you:
- work with noisy equipment, such as pneumatic drills or compressed-air hammers
- work in environments where there’s loud music, such as a nightclub or in a band or orchestra
- regularly listen to music at a high volume through headphones or at gigs without hearing protection
Damaged hair cells
Both age-related deafness and that caused by noise exposure happens when the sensitive hair cells inside the cochlea become damaged or die. This is known as sensorineural hearing loss. You can read more about that here.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds are unable to pass into the inner ear. This is usually due to a blockage, such as having too much earwax, a build-up of fluid in the ear (glue ear), or an ear infection. You can read more about this here. If too much earwax is causing you problems read about our removal service here.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
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