I can hear—why do I need hearing aids?

Do you often ask yourself “why do people keep telling me I need hearing aids when I can hear”? It’s highly likely you have hearing loss and you’re not alone. Hearing loss is not only a normal part of the aging process but is increasingly a problem for young people too.  But many people with mild hearing loss refuse to get hearing aids and just live with the difficulties. In fact, researchers estimate that some 86% of Americans over the [...]

Hearing loss and cognitive decline

There are very clear links between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Hearing loss also increases your likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Scientists are still not sure about how this connection works but a large number of studies support this conclusion. Cognitive decline is where a person’s memory and thinking skills deteriorate.  A certain degree of brain shrinkage appears to be a normal part of the aging process but there are a range of conditions and lifestyle choices that may [...]

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

We live in a world that is getting louder and it could be damaging your hearing. We are surrounded by noise at work, through personal entertainment devices (your own and other people’s), on the commute, at bars, restaurants and concerts. So just how loud is too loud for the health of your hearing? Research indicates that hazardous noise levels in the workplace are a problem for at least 30 million people in America each year and that 25% of those [...]

Is hearing loss hereditary?

Is hearing loss hereditary? It’s an important question to ask, especially if you have a family history of hearing loss and you have concerns about your children’s hearing health. The reality is that around four in every 1,000 babies are born with hearing loss according to the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Hereditary factors play a role in at least 60% of those cases. But not all genetic hearing loss shows up at birth. Some inherited hearing [...]

Can hearing loss be treated with surgery or medicines?

Many people hope their hearing loss can be cured through surgery or drugs. We would love to say that there is a miracle cure or a magical silver bullet for hearing loss. However, surgery or drugs are effective in only around 5% of hearing loss cases. Whether or not surgical intervention can cure your hearing loss depends on your specific type of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is one type that is often treatable with surgery. Conductive hearing loss [...]

Hearing Loss and Demographics

Many people assume that hearing loss is something that affects only old people. But hearing loss is no longer exclusive to the elderly. In fact, at least 65% of people with hearing loss are younger than 65 years old. So, why is this? One reason is that we live in an increasingly noisy society. The millennial generation in particular spend ever-longer hours immersed in noisy technology, personal entertainment devices, and ear-splitting nightclubs and restaurants. The WHO (World Health Organisation) is even [...]

What are the most common causes of hearing loss?

Our ability to hear and understand sound is an extraordinarily complex process. A wide range of issues can cause hearing loss at any point in that process but the most common causes of hearing loss include: Aging Excessive noise Ear infections Injury to the head or ear Birth defects or genetics Reactions to drugs Not all hearing loss is permanent but seeking urgent expert advice is always vital if you want to preserve your hearing. If you are concerned about your hearing you should visit an [...]

If I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor tell me?

Many people expect their doctors to be mind readers or even psychic in their ability to magically identify what’s wrong with them. And when it comes to hearing loss some patients think “if I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor tell me?” There are some important reasons why your doctor might not detect your hearing loss. To begin with, doctors frequently lack the resources, including time and training, to accurately assess your hearing problem. Some of the reasons why your [...]

Common Signs of Hearing Loss

What are common signs of hearing loss? Hearing loss is more common than you might think. Unfortunately, many people suffer from hearing loss and aren’t even aware they have a problem. So, what are the common signs of hearing loss and why don’t people realise they have a hearing problem? For most people hearing loss is a gradual process especially when it’s age-related. Nearly one in three people aged 65 experiences a gradual decline in hearing sensitivity. Between the ages of [...]

Will hearing aids help with background noise?

Are you having problems understanding speech against background noise? It’s a common problem for most people with hearing loss. Coping with background noise has also traditionally been a real technical challenge for older style hearing aids. Fortunately, modern technology is making exciting changes to the way hearing aids adapt and respond to background noise. Older style hearing aids were sometimes ineffective because they used omni-directional microphones that amplified everything. So, if you were in a restaurant and trying to have [...]