How can we help you out from hearing loss ?

Imagine being cut off from communication with your loved ones. Conversations happen around you but you can’t really participate. It becomes easier to stay at home because it is too frustrating to try and hear what your friends are saying. Hearing loss is a common problem caused by noise, aging, disease, and heredity. As you age, you experience a number of changes in the way your body functions. Hearing Loss might be one of these changes. Age-related hearing loss (Presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. Almost 1 in 2 adults over age 65 experience some degree of hearing loss. Although age-related hearing loss is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life, if left untreated.

Problems that stem from hearing loss in the elderly include:

  • Depression

  • Withdrawal from social life

  • Loneliness

  • Anger

  • Decreased personal safety

  • Cognitive decline

  • Poor health

Generally, Hearing loss is caused by physical changes in the ear, the auditory nerve, or in the ability of your brain to process sound. But age related hearing loss is generally caused due to:

  • Changes in the structures of the inner ear

  • Changes in blood flow to the ear

  • Diabetes

  • Use of certain medications

  • Family history of hearing loss

  • Impairment in the nerves responsible for hearing

  • Changes in the way that the brain processes speech and sound

  • Damage to the tiny hairs in the ear, responsible for transmitting sound to the brain

  • Exposure to loud noises

  • Smoking

Older people who can’t hear well may become depressed, or they may withdraw from others because they feel frustrated or embarrassed about not understanding what is being said. Sometimes, older people are mistakenly thought to be confused, unresponsive, or uncooperative because they don’t hear well.

Symptoms of age-related hearing loss typically begin with an inability to hear high-pitched sounds.

Other symptoms that may occur include:

  • Certain sounds seeming overly loud

  • Difficulty hearing in areas that are noisy

  • Difficulty hearing the difference between “s” and “th” sounds

  • ringing in the ears

  • turning up the volume on the television or radio louder than normal

  • asking people to repeat themselves

  • being unable to understand conversations over the telephone

If you are diagnosed with Age Induced Hearing Loss, Margadarsi will work with you to improve your hearing and quality of life through

  • Hearing aids to help you hear better- Hearing Aids are electronic instruments you wear in or behind your ear. They make sounds louder. To find the hearing aid that works best for you, you may have to try more than one. Examples like- Behind The Ear (BTE), Mini BTE, In-The-Ear (ITE), In-The-canal (ITC), Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

  • Cochlear Implant– Cochlear implants are small electronic devices surgically implanted in the inner ear that help provide a sense of sound to people who are profoundly deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Hearing loss can’t be reversed, but further damage can be stopped with some simple lifestyle adjustments such as

  • Avoid repetitive exposure to loud sounds.

  • Wear ear protection in places where there are loud sounds.

  • Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.

Seek prompt help from your doctor if you develop symptoms of age-related hearing loss. As your hearing loss increases, you’re more likely to lose your ability to understand speech. However, you may keep this ability, or minimize the loss, if you seek early treatment.

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