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Hearing Loss and Health

Hearing loss is the reduced ability to perceive sounds. It is a widespread problem that results from old age or exposure to loud noises. Ordinarily, this condition cannot be cured but can be treated with the help of hearing aids. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in six adults has a hearing loss of more than 25dB. This study translates to about 17% of adults having a hearing impairment.

Hearing loss can occur to people of all ages, but older people are more at risk. As you get older, you face the natural consequences of aging. From the age of 40, our hearing starts to diminish, and when we attain the age of 80, half of us have hearing loss. Similarly, when we expose ourselves to loud noises, we are at risk of acquiring hearing loss. For example, people who operate loud machinery, those working in noisy environments such as night clubs, or those deliberately listening to loud music using headphones face this risk.

Since 1940, Beltone has been a frontrunner in hearing care. At Beltone of Northwest Florida, we are committed to providing the best hearing healthcare services through technology and quality customer care. We strive to ensure customer satisfaction by providing high-quality products and services. Our trained staff and state of the art equipment ensure that we sufficiently satisfy your hearing needs.

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Hearing Loss in Adults

Hearing Loss as an Adult

Presbycusis is the term used to define hearing loss resulting from age. In adults, hearing loss could be temporary, permanent, sudden or gradual, or partial. Other than age and noise, there exist other causes of hearing loss. These include trauma, disease or infections, genetic causes, head injuries, ear blockages, and ear injuries.

 

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Types of Hearing Loss

There are several types of hearing loss in adults. These are:

 

This kind of hearing loss occurs due to impairment of the cochlea caused by old age or exposure to loud noise.
Sounds perceived by the outer ear cannot reach the inner ear because of blockage in the middle ear.
Mixed hearing loss is where one suffers from both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Tinnitus refers to the perception of a ringing noise in the ear. It is a common symptom of hearing loss.
Unilateral hearing loss occurs in one ear only, while a bilateral hearing loss occurs in both ears.
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Adults must seek treatment when their hearing ability changes. This is because the symptoms of hearing loss develop gradually, making them challenging to identify.

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