Of course, the most obvious symptom is inability to hear. However, hearing loss sneaks up on people. Often family members and friends are aware of hearing problems before the hearing-impaired person.
What Is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss, or deafness, is the partial or total inability to hear sound in one or both ears. The human ear is amazing. It is one of the smallest and most complex organs in the body, capable of turning the tiniest disturbances in air molecules into a form the brain can understand – and doing so instantaneously, over an enormous range of pitch and loudness. Considering the ear’s delicacy, it is remarkably resilient. Nevertheless, illness or injury can impair our ability to hear properly. In recent years, substantial advances have made it possible to determine the cause of hearing impairment in nearly all cases, and to treat the hearing loss in many ears.
Many people in the early stages of hearing loss of this sort will find themselves:
There are many other symptoms that may be related to hearing loss:
Hearing loss is not always slowly progressive and stable from day to day. It may be sudden, rapidly progressive, or even fluctuating (good times and bad times).
Ten Ways To Recognize Hearing Loss:
The following questions will help you determine if you need to have your hearing evaluated by a medical professional:
If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you may want to see an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist) or an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.