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Know The Signs

Know the signs of hearing loss

Do You…
  • Feel like others mumble or speak softly
  • Frequently ask people to repeat themselves
  • Have difficulty with conversation in a group or a crowded place
  • Turn up the volume on your TV, car radio, or computer
  • Feel tired or irritable after a long conversation
  • Have trouble locating the source of a sound

Often, someone close to you spots signs of hearing loss before you do. They may feel frustrated when trying to communicate with you, which can lead to comments that embarrass or tease you. If you spend a lot of time with another person, ask if they’ve noticed anything.

Understand The Causes

Understand the causes of hearing loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss results from a problem in the inner ear or auditory nerve. Sensorineural hearing loss can be mild, moderate, severe, or profound. Some common causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • Loud Noise causes hearing loss by destroying hair cells in the inner ear. People who are exposed to loud sound on a regular basis are most at risk. Sources of frequent loud noise exposures include noisy workplaces, firearms, recreation noise (motorcycles, snowmobiles), and loud music.
  • Aging causes a gradual loss of hearing (presbycusis). By age 65 about 50% of healthy people have hearing loss. Presbycusis results from deterioration of the inner ear.
  • Meniere’s Disease is an inner ear condition that causes fluctuating hearing loss, dizziness, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). It frequently starts in one ear and later can involve both ears.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss occurs when sound cannot reach the inner ear because of a problem in the external or middle ear. External and middle ear problems can cause mild or moderate hearing losses. Most conductive hearing losses can be treated with medication or with surgery. Some common causes of conductive hearing loss are:

  • Blocked Ear Canal can be caused by a buildup of cerumen (ear wax), swelling due to infection (external otitis), or an abnormal growth of the ear canal wall.
  • Otitis Media (middle ear infection) is the most common ear problem in children and occurs occasionally in adults.
  • Otosclerosis is caused by a bony growth around the stapes (smallest bone in the ear) that prevents it from vibrating, causing a moderate hearing loss.
  • Cholesteatoma is a growth generally located in the middle ear.
  • Trauma to the ear can cause hearing loss by perforating the eardrum or disrupting the bones of the middle ear (ossicles).
Retrochochlear Hearing Loss
In some cases, hearing loss may indicate a growth or lesion on the eighth cranial nerve (the hearing nerve) or elsewhere in the brain.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Sometimes hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in the inner ear and a problem in the external or middle ear. The two problems may be unrelated (for example, a blocked ear canal and a noise-related hearing loss) or they may be caused by the same thing (for example, infection).

Prevent Loss

Prevent hearing loss

At Work
Wear hearing protection, like noise-canceling headphones or custom-fitted earplugs. See if your employer offers regular screening tests.
At Home/At Play
Everyday sounds like the vacuum cleaner, lawnmower, and power tools can be too loud. Choose quieter appliances when available and wear hearing protection when necessary. While it’s no substitute for ear plugs, humming during other loud noise causes the muscle in your inner ear to engage and help protect your hearing!
At Live Concerts
Use a pair of earplugs to reduce the volume. Most concerts with loudspeaker systems are louder than a jet on a runway!
With Earbuds/Headphones
If someone standing next to you can hear the music, it’s too loud for you. Don’t use music to drown out other noise. Take frequent breaks from earbuds & headphones. Remember to use the 120/60 rule…listen for no more than 120 minutes at 60% volume.
When Cleaning Ears
Never use cotton swabs, paper clips, bobby pins, etc. inside your ear canal. They can easily cause damage. Remember…nothing smaller than the tip of your baby finger, or better yet, your elbow, should go in your ear canal.

Ken-Ton Hearing offers a complete line of hearing protection services. We make custom swim molds, ear plugs, and other devices so you can keep your hearing safe and sound. Contact us for more information or to make an appointment for your hearing protection.