Do you ask people to repeat what they say? Do you have trouble hearing in groups? Do you have to turn up the volume on the TV or music? Is it difficult to hear someone talking behind you? If you answered yes to some of these questions, you may be experiencing hearing loss.
We often take our hearing for granted. In fact, hearing loss is a common health problem among all age groups and occurs when any part of the ear is not working the way it should. The level of loss can range from mild to severe.
The two types of hearing loss are conductive and sensorineural. Conductive hearing loss occurs when the ear has a problem conducting sound at any point along the route from the outer ear to the middle ear. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain.
There are many causes of hearing loss and the loss may be permanent depending on the cause. Causes include advanced age, noise, medications, illnesses, diseases, injuries and impacted ear wax. The best way to determine if you have hearing loss is to have your hearing tested by your doctor or a specialist.