Hearing loss is a prevalent disability in today’s world. It is a well-known fact that maintaining good hearing abilities enables us to live a fulfilling life without any limitations, and enhances our ability to socialize and interact in both personal and professional settings.
In India, it has been reported that 1 in 4 children suffer from some form of induced hearing loss, while 2 out of 4 people between the ages of 65 to 70 also experience hearing loss. This number increases to 1 in 2 individuals over the age of 75.
Types of Hearing Loss
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in the outer or middle ear, making it difficult for sound to reach the inner ear. This type of hearing loss can be caused by various factors such as blockages in the ear canal, damage to the eardrum, or issues with the middle ear bones. Hearing aids are arguably the best solutions for conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or the nerve pathways responsible for transmitting sound from the ear to the brain. If you suspect you have sensorineural hearing loss, it is important to seek professional medical advice and have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Mixed hearing loss is a type of hearing impairment that occurs when there is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems in the outer or middle ear, while sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear or the nerve pathways that transmit sound to the brain.
Check Your Hearing
Degree of Hearing Loss
Know about your degree of hearing loss.
(Example: If your degree of hearing is 40dB, then you possibly have moderate hearing loss and will be able to hear all the sounds till 40db but nothing beyond that.
Why is Proper Hearing Test Required?
No two person hearing is the same, every person will get different patterns of Audiograms. Based on the hearing loss pattern, the selection of a hearing aid is done. You will get a perfect hearing aid with the proper configuration of hearing loss.
Configuration of Hearing Loss