People used to speak more clearly. These days, everyone mumbles and talks too fast. You’re continually asking people to repeat themselves or speak up. Perhaps when holding a conversation with more than one person, you tend to fall behind and get confused. It could be that, like 48 million Americans, you’re suffering from hearing loss. It’s frustrating and can negatively impact life at home and work. You are not alone, though. Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in people over 65, and it can affect anyone at any time and of any age.
In Boca Raton, hearing specialists at Ress Hearing can evaluate, diagnose, and effectively treat all types and levels of hearing loss. We have the latest diagnostic equipment for quick and precise diagnosis. Call us today at 516-353-7377 to schedule an appointment with our audiologist.
Why are you losing your hearing?
Temporary hearing loss may be caused by ear wax buildup or infection. It’s important to know that some medications may cause temporary loss or reduction of hearing, as well as balance problems. These drugs include chemotherapy medications, aspirin, diuretics, antibiotics, malaria treatment, and some erectile dysfunction prescriptions. Hearing problems caused by medications, ear wax, or infection are usually short-term and treatable.
Age is the main factor in permanent hearing loss, in many cases. Though scientists aren’t exactly sure why this is the case, they think that genetics and noise exposure contribute to the condition. Health issues including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can heighten the risk of hearing loss. Two specific diseases can cause deafness, as well. The middle ear may suffer from a disease known as otosclerosis, which affects the bones of the ear. The inner ear may develop Miniere’s disease. Traumatic injury, like a punctured eardrum or a skull fracture, may cause hearing loss.
A major factor in many cases is noise. People exposed to high-decibel sounds can, over time, suffer from hearing loss. Factory workers, construction workers, soldiers, farmers, and musicians often lose their hearing due to long-term exposure to loud noises. Special earplugs can reduce the risk for noise-induced hearing loss. They block loud sounds, while allowing low-decibel sounds to be heard. These earplugs protect the ear’s inner structures from sound damage.
How does loss of hearing occur?
Sudden hearing loss is possible, though rare. It is defined as the loss of hearing over a few hours or up to three days. Usually, sounds become less clear and audible over time – months or years. You may notice that people’s speech sounds muffled, garbled, or softer than normal.
Are you losing your hearing?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have to turn the TV or radio up higher than you used to?
- Do you ask people to repeat themselves or speak louder?
- Do you get frustrated talking to more than one person at a time?
- Do you feel like many people, especially women and children, mumble or speak too softly?
- Do you suffer from ringing in your ears (tinnitus)?
- Do you find it hard to hear in public places, particularly noisy situations, such as at restaurants, church, or malls?
- Have you noticed that you sometimes read lips, rather than listen to what people say?
- Are you stressed, annoyed, or embarrassed that you cannot hear?
- Do you avoid social situations because of your hearing problem?
If you answer YES to a few of these questions, it’s time for a hearing checkup.
- Do family members have hearing problems?
- Have you been exposed to loud noises for extended periods of time?
- Do you suffer from heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, or thyroid or circulation problems?
- Have you asked your physician or pharmacist if your medications may cause hearing issues?
Call to Schedule Today
If you live in or near the Boca Raton area, call Ress Hearing now to schedule hearing tests. With the latest diagnostic equipment, we will evaluate your condition. Our audiologist will talk with you about test results and treatment options. Don’t let hearing loss frustrate and complicate your life! Call us today at 516-353-7377.