This may sound like a slightly odd question, because obviously if you lose your hearing you’ll struggle to hear sounds. But it’s worth bearing in mind that for many people hearing loss is a gradual process and you therefore may not notice that your hearing is worsening over time.
Speaking to Florida Today, US-based audiologist Dr Liz White explained that hearing loss can start when we’re young.
She pointed out that we should all get our hearing checked frequently, just like we go to the dentist to check our teeth or the optometrist to test our eyes.
Dr White also said that there needs to be greater awareness around what she describes as hidden hearing loss. This is when people can hear fine in quiet environments but struggle in settings where there is a lot of background noise, such as a bar or restaurant.
This type of hearing loss isn’t usually detected in a normal tone or sound test, because it affects “nerve cells that connect the cochlea in the inner ear to the brain”, the news provider explained.
As a result, Dr White believes that testing patients in a more realistic format is important to identify all kinds of hearing difficulties.
Earlier this year, Daily Business Magazine stressed the importance of people continuing to go for their regular hearing assessments, even during the Covid-19 pandemic. The news provider pointed out that delaying treatment can in some cases lead to more serious issues, so it’s important to address any problems promptly.
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