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Hearing Loss & Trouble Hearing Winnipeg

Do people often complain that you have the TV too loud? Do you often find yourself asking people to repeat what they're saying? Common signs of hearing loss include difficulty in:

  • Following people's words even though you can hear them speaking
  • Understanding certain women's or children's voices
  • Following conversations in crowded rooms

Contact Kemp Hearing Centres if you have trouble hearing in Winnipeg to book your free hearing evaluation and find out if you're experiencing hearing loss. With his training and experience, Jason Kemp, Au.D., will evaluate the causes of your hearing loss and advise suitable solutions for it.

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is primarily of three types. They are:

1. Sensorineural

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It results from damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent. The most common difficulty encountered is hearing faint sounds. The clarity of speech is diminished and even speech loud enough to be heard can sound muffled. Hearing aid technology can dramatically improve the hearing quality of life for those suffering from this type of hearing loss. Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website to read more about sensorineural hearing loss.

2. Conductive

Conductive hearing loss is caused by a difficulty with sound being conducted efficiently through the ear canal (outer ear) to the ear drum and the tiny bones of the ear (middle ear). This type of hearing loss is often medically or surgically treatable. Conductive hearing losses can stem from a variety of conditions, such as chronic middle ear infections, impacted ear wax, swimmer's ear and perforated ear drums. Read more about conductive hearing loss at the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

3. Mixed

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing losses. There can be damage to the outer or middle ear, along with damage to the inner ear. In these cases we are able to identify that although the hearing is affected by conductive loss, there is sensorineural hearing loss as well. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's website offers useful information about mixed hearing loss.

Causes of Hearing Loss

If you have trouble hearing in Winnipeg, it is important to know that hearing loss can be caused by many things and usually is the result of many factors. However, common causes of hearing loss are related to noise-exposure and the aging process:

1. Age

Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Age-related hearing loss most often occurs in both ears, affecting them equally. Because the loss is gradual, you may not realize that you've lost some of your ability to hear. Annual hearing evaluations are important for identifying hearing loss with the aging population. Visit the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website to find out more about age-related hearing loss.

2. Exposure to Noise

Every day, we listen to a variety of sounds in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances and traffic. Normally, these sounds are at safe levels that don't damage our hearing. However, sounds can be harmful when they are too loud, even for a brief time, or when they are both loud and long-lasting. These sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss. It can be temporary or permanent and it can affect one ear or both ears.

Even if you can't tell that your hearing is being damaged, you could have trouble hearing in the future, such as not being able to understand other people when they talk, especially on the phone or in a noisy room. Regardless of how it might affect you, one thing is certain: noise-induced hearing loss is something you can prevent. Click here to learn more about hearing loss caused by noise exposure.

Hearing Protection

It is important to be aware of how your environment may affect your hearing. Especially if you work around noise, it is important to take steps to protect your hearing as much as possible:

1. Use Hearing Protection

Hearing protection is vital for individuals working around or in a noisy environment. Simple earplugs – either custom, foam or over-the-ear – can provide critical protection against harmful sounds in your environment. Even in our everyday life, however, we should consider using hearing protection when around loud noise. Sounds of a lawn mower or music can damage your hearing, so take steps to protect yourself when possible.

2. Be Aware of Loud Sounds

Try to be more aware of the loud sounds around you. Many people underestimate the intensity of sounds around them and how much damage they can cause to the hearing system. Listening to music, for example, can easily damage your hearing if played at an unsafe level, which is anything over 85 dB. To most people, this loudness is not uncomfortable, but exposure to it over time can diminish hearing. Using the volume limit setting on iPods can protect our hearing and the hearing of our children, too.

3. Schedule Routine Exams

A routine hearing exam is important to ensure you have an accurate record of your hearing. By having your hearing tested regularly, you'll be able to identify problems early and prevent further loss. Mild to moderate hearing losses can be treated much more easily than more severe losses, so early detection is important.

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