If you’re one in 20 million Americans suffering with one of the three forms of hearing loss, the chances are it’s sensorineural, as this is the most common.
Contrary to popular belief, sensorineural hearing loss isn’t just age related; it can also be caused by over-exposure to noise and disease.
A direct result of damage to the little hair cells in the inner ear, it’s usually irreversible but can be treated with hearing aids.
Let’s dig a little deeper – so what are the causes?
- Old age (or in some cases, genetics)
- Frequent exposure to loud noises
- Head injuries
And the symptoms?
- Struggle hearing mildly sounded conversation, which often sounds like muffling
- A constant ‘blocked’ feeling in the ears
- Feeling overwhelmed in noisy and busy places and getting flustered
Where are the problem points:
Mainly in the Cochlea, or the little hair-like hearing nerve pathways in the inner ear (these are the things that carry all the information about loudness and clarity of sounds to your brain)
Is there anything you can do to help yourself?
The best thing you can do is understand that sensorineural hearing loss doesn’t go away by itself and more often than not needs to be treated.
Our best advice is to get yourself booked in to see one of our friendly Audiologists – this will give you peace of mind that you’re in safe hands, and often we can tell you the best course of action there and then.