As we age, hearing loss appears gradually, but sometimes it happens suddenly. If you experience hearing loss, see your audiologist to find out the cause and get advice on when to go for specialist treatment

Common Signs Include: 

  • Listening to others and misinterpreting what they are saying, especially in noisy places 
  • Asking people to repeat themselves 
  • Talking out loud while listening to music or watching television 
  • Must concentrate on listening when someone is talking.

If you have hearing loss in only one ear or if a young child has hearing loss, the signs may be slightly different. 

When To Seek Medical Help

If you or your child suddenly loses hearing in one ear or both ears, call your audiologist as soon as possible. If you think you or your child's hearing is gradually deteriorating, make an appointment to see an audiologist. If you are concerned about the hearing of your friends or family. Your audiologist will ask about your symptoms and use a small flashlight with a magnifying glass to look into your ears. They can also do some simple checks on your hearing. 

Causes of Hearing Loss 

Hearing loss can have many different causes:

  • Sudden hearing loss in one ear may be due to earwax, ear infection, perforated tympanic membrane or Meniere's disease.
  • Sudden hearing loss in both ears may be caused by very loud noise, or by taking certain medicines that may affect your hearing.
  • Gradually losing hearing in one ear may be due to something inside the ear, such as fluid, bone growth or accumulation of skin cells. 
  • Double gradual hearing loss is usually caused by aging or years of exposure to noisy noise. 

This may give you an idea of ​​the cause of hearing loss but be sure to consult your audiologist to get the correct diagnosis. It is not always possible to determine the obvious cause. 

Hearing Loss Treatment 

Hearing loss sometimes improves on its own or can be treated with medication or simple procedures. For example, ear drops can be used to suck out or soften earwax. 

But other types of hearing loss, such as progressive hearing loss that often occurs with age, may be permanent. In cases like these, stabilize or improve the remaining hearing through treatment.

Preventing Hearing Loss 

It is not always possible to prevent hearing loss, but you can take some simple steps to reduce the risk of hearing loss. Wearing ear protection during a concert, or when working in a noisy environment will help prevent hearing loss. Try not to turn the TV, radio or music up too loud.

Do not push objects into your or your child's ear: this includes fingers, cotton swabs, lint and tissues. The only thing you can stick into your ear is your elbow.