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Most people rely on sound in basically everything they do. In the morning, you rely on the sound of your alarm clock to wake up. The ding of the microwave signals that your breakfast is ready to eat. The mere act of communicating with other people involves talking and listening to each other. For people who are deaf, these experiences just aren’t the same. Learn more about hearing loss, types of deafness and more, here.
People who live their lives with a total or partial hearing loss live in a world of silence. The challenges they have to tackle each day are much more complex compared to those who can hear. Learn more about deafness, its causes, symptoms, associated risks, and how you can prevent this from happening to you.
A person with normal hearing should have a hearing threshold of 25 decibels or higher in both ears. But someone with hearing loss is anyone who has a lower hearing threshold. Hearing loss can affect only one or both ears. It can also range from mild to profound loss of hearing.
People who are “hard of hearing” are those with mild to severe hearing loss but can still be assisted by hearing aids or transplants. People who are considered “deaf” are those who can only hear very little or none at all. Finally, those who are deaf usually rely on sign language to communicate.
Hearing loss can range from:
Hearing loss or deafness can be caused by a variety of factors. Common types of deafness or hearing loss include:
There are many possible causes of hearing loss, namely:
Gradual hearing loss can happen slowly which is why some people don’t immediately notice that they’re starting to become hard of hearing. Here are the signs and symptoms to look out for:
Some babies are born with hearing loss so make sure to watch out for these symptoms in your baby:
Hearing loss caused by a build-up of earwax can easily be treated by removing the mass. But if hearing loss is caused by abnormalities or deformities, your doctor may suggest surgical procedures to help you regain your hearing. Depending on the types of deafness, other options for treatment are hearing aids or cochlear implants that are usually recommended for those with moderate to profound hearing loss.
There are a few things you can do to prevent hearing loss that’s acquired from damage to the eardrum. Also, there are some things you can do to prevent age-related hearing loss from worsening, namely:
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. There are many types of deafness and the causes of hearing loss can also 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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