Signs of hearing loss can affect people of all ages, with the onset usually gradual. It’s thought that at least one in six people in the UK suffer from some hearing loss symptoms, which can have an impact on their day-to-day life.
Hearing loss signs are painless and invisible, which means people don’t always recognise when they’re developing. Many people become used to an absence of reduction in sound quality without even noticing. Read on to learn more about common signs of hearing loss, and how our hearing diagnostics services may be able to help.
What Are The Common Signs Of Hearing Loss?
From muffled sounds to feelings of isolation, the symptoms of hearing loss can be extremely wide-ranging. If you find yourself experiencing any of the below signs of hearing loss, we recommend that you undergo a full hearing examination:
The signs of hearing loss may also leave you feeling isolated, as you start to avoid previously enjoyable social situations due to communication challenges. This may leave you feeling irritable, and potentially even depressed. If this sounds familiar, you may benefit from support such as hearing aids.
What Causes Signs Of Hearing Loss?
The common signs of hearing loss may be attributed to excess loud noise exposure, or even genetics, but there are actually two main types of hearing loss:
- Sensori-neural hearing loss - the term for damage within the inner ear and/or the auditory nerve
- Conductive hearing loss - when there is damage within the middle ear, the ear drum, or the bones behind the ear drum
As a result, hearing loss symptoms can be attributed to a variety of causes, including:
If you’re struggling with signs of hearing loss, hearing diagnostics can help our professionals to understand where your current hearing levels are, so we can determine the best course of action for your individual needs.
Our London Ear Centre experts will perform a number of different tests depending on what they feel is required to determine whether or not your hearing is normal. If any impairments are detected, we will advise on the best solutions available, based on your lifestyle and requirements. All hearing tests are carried out in a sound-treated booth or room, following best clinical practice recommendations, with all testing procedures explained to you before we begin to keep you fully informed.
Our hearing assessments may include the following where appropriate, depending on the hearing loss symptoms you’re experiencing:
Following your hearing diagnostics assessment, we’ll provide you with a consultation and individual management plan for your hearing loss symptoms, as well as a comprehensive audiological report or e-report to help you understand the recommended next steps.