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Hannah Gravenor

Principal Audiologist – Specialist Adult & Vestibular.

Myths about Hearing Loss

Posted on 2023-03-27 09:02:00 in General

Hearing Loss Myth 1: Hearing loss only affects older people

This isn’t true! There are numerous reasons why hearing loss occurs, and hearing loss can, in fact, happen at any age. It is true that there are age-related changes to hearing, but this is not the only cause. Exposure to loud noises, trauma to the ear, certain medications, illnesses or even a build-up of wax in the ears can cause hearing loss. In our Exeter Hearing Clinic see patients of all ages, including children ranging all the way from birth to teenagers, and adults of all ages.

Regardless of your age, if you notice any changes in your hearing, or hearing loss, we would recommend that you have a hearing test at the Chime Hearing Centre/

Hearing Loss Myth 2: Hearing loss is always permanent.

Although there are many cases where changes to the hearing are not reversible, there are numerous types of temporary hearing loss which can be improved with a medical intervention.

Temporary hearing loss can be caused by something as simple as a build-up of wax in the ears or congestion behind the eardrums following a cold, which can reduce the sound transmission to your inner ear. It’s really important for you to have your ears checked and to arrange to have a hearing test should you notice any difficulties, changes to your hearing or any hearing loss at all.

Hearing Loss Myth 3: Hearing loss can never be prevented

Certain changes in hearing are normal and to be expected, and these relate to the day-to-day wear and tear of your ears over time. However, certain risk factors, such as exposure to loud noise, can be reduced or prevented.  Exposure to a very loud sound, or cumulative exposure to consistent noise can cause damage to the inner ears and contribute to a noise-induced hearing loss. This could be at work if you work in a noisy environment, or at a loud concert or music event. Being aware of the sound levels you are exposed to and wearing hearing protection where appropriate in loud environments is always recommended to reduce the risk of hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Myth 4: Hearing loss doesn’t affect other aspects of my health

In recent years there has been a lot of research looking into the wider health and social impacts of hearing loss. Evidence has shown that having untreated hearing loss from middle age may increase the risk of cognitive decline in older age. This is thought to be because difficulty hearing can cause people to withdraw from conversation and become socially isolated, which in turn can have an impact on their mental health. A 2020 study published in the Lancet journal suggested that the use of hearing aids may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Should you have any questions regarding hearing loss or notice any changes in your hearing, please have a look at our website and if you require further information, you can contact us on 01392 402223.