- Not being able to understand or hear what someone else is saying.
- Starting to listen to music or watch TV at a volume much louder than you’re used to.
- Noticing that some sounds become muffled.
- Having to pay more attention to what people say in order to understand them.
Some babies are born with hearing loss so make sure to watch out for these symptoms in your baby:
- Unresponsive to loud noises
- Not babbling or saying words like “mama” or “dada” by the time they reach 12 months
- Doesn’t respond to their name
- Doesn’t hear all types of sounds
Hearing Loss Treatment
Hearing loss caused by a build-up of earwax can easily be treated by removing the mass. If hearing loss is caused by abnormalities or deformities, your doctor may suggest surgical procedures to help you regain your hearing. Other options for treatment are hearing aids or cochlear implants that are usually recommended for those with moderate to profound hearing loss.
Prevention of Hearing Loss
There are a few things you can do to prevent hearing loss that’s acquired from damage to the eardrum or to prevent age-related hearing loss from worsening, namely:
- If you frequently listen to music while wearing earphones, try to lower the volume.
- Use protective gear for your ears when doing recreational activities.
- If the nature of your work requires you to be in noisy environments, wear earplugs as necessary or have your hearing checked by a professional regularly.
Deafness is defined as having an impaired sense of hearing, or a total loss of hearing that prevents you from doing things like verbally communicating with other people. Causes of hearing loss or deafness can vary. Luckily, treatment is available for all types of hearing loss. If you suspect that you have problems with your hearing, consult a medical professional as soon as possible.
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