Understanding hearing loss

Hearing loss can affect your loved ones day to day life making the simplest of tasks exhausting and tiresome. Listening to a conversation, the television, a phone ringing or the traffic around become more of a challenge. Understanding what happens when your loved one is showing signs of hearing loss can help you communicate better with them as well as finding hearing solutions that will improve the way they interact with the world around them.

When hearing is normal, you have the ability to hear quiet, medium and loud sounds across all pitches with definition in the clarity of the sounds. If someone close to you is experiencing difficulties with their hearing, you will often find that they lose the higher pitched sounds like women and children’s voices and consonants like T, F and S become harder to understand.

Hearing loss has many causes and in most cases a solution can be found that can be life changing for those closest to you.

How your hearing works

There are three parts of the ear anatomy, the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Understanding more about how the ear works and how hearing loss affects the delicate structures in your loved one's ear may help to better understand what they may be experiencing.

Effects of hearing loss

Hearing loss can affect your quality of life, your emotional state of mind as well as having other additional health effects. You may or may not see the effects that hearing loss has on your loved one, but understanding how they may be feeling can provide the support to start a new journey.

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