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Hearing loss issues aren’t always solved by turning the volume up. Here’s something to think about: Many people are capable of hearing very soft sounds, but can’t hear conversations. The reason for this is hearing loss frequently develops unevenly. You generally lose specific frequencies but have no problem hearing others, and that can make voices sound muffled.

Hearing Loss Comes in Numerous Types

  • Sensorineural hearing loss happens when the little hairs in the inner ear, also called cilia, are damaged, and this condition is more prevalent. These hairs move when they detect sound and release chemical messages to the auditory nerve, which transmits them to the brain for interpretation. When these delicate hairs in your inner ear are injured or destroyed, they don’t regenerate. This is why sensorineural hearing loss is often a result of the natural process of aging. Things like exposure to loud noise, specific medications, and underlying health conditions can also bring about sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Conductive hearing loss is a result of a mechanical problem in the ear. It may be a result of excessive buildup of earwax or caused by an ear infection or a congenital structural problem. In many circumstances, hearing specialists can treat the underlying condition to enhance your hearing, and if required, recommend hearing aids to make up for any remaining hearing loss.

Symptoms of Sensorineural Hearing Loss

You might hear a little better if people speak louder to you, but it isn’t going to comprehensively manage your hearing loss problems. Certain sounds, including consonant sounds, can be hard to hear for individuals who suffer from sensorineural hearing loss. This might cause somebody with hearing loss to the incorrect conclusion that those around them are mumbling when in fact, they’re talking clearly.

When someone is coping with hearing loss, the pitch of consonants often makes them hard to distinguish. The frequency of sound, or pitch, is measured in hertz (hz) and the higher pitch of consonants is what makes them harder for some people to hear. For instance, a short “o” registers at 250 to 1,000 Hz, depending on the voice of the person talking. But consonants like “f” or “s” will be anywhere from 1,500 to 6,000 hertz. Individuals with sensorineural hearing loss have a hard time processing these higher-pitched sounds due to the damage to their inner ears.

This is why just speaking louder doesn’t always help. It won’t help much when someone talks louder if you don’t hear some of the letters in a word like “shift”.

How Can Wearing Hearing Aids Help With This?

Hearing aids have a component that goes in the ear, so sounds get to your auditory system without the interference you would typically hear in your environment. Also, the frequencies you can’t hear are amplified and mixed with the sounds you can hear in a balanced way. In this way, you attain more clarity. Modern hearing aids also make it easier to hear speech by canceling some of the unwanted background noise.

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Woman struggling to hear her husband while camping.

Hearing loss issues aren’t always solved by turning the volume up. Here’s something to think about: Many people are capable of hearing very soft sounds, but can’t hear conversations. The reason for this is hearing loss frequently develops unevenly. You generally lose specific frequencies but have no problem hearing others, and that can make voices sound muffled.

Hearing Loss Comes in Numerous Types

  • Sensorineural hearing loss happens when the little hairs in the inner ear, also called cilia, are damaged, and this condition is more prevalent. These hairs move when they detect sound and release chemical messages to the auditory nerve, which transmits them to the brain for interpretation. When these delicate hairs in your inner ear are injured or destroyed, they don’t regenerate. This is why sensorineural hearing loss is often a result of the natural process of aging. Things like exposure to loud noise, specific medications, and underlying health conditions can also bring about sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Conductive hearing loss is a result of a mechanical problem in the ear. It may be a result of excessive buildup of earwax or caused by an ear infection or a congenital structural problem. In many circumstances, hearing specialists can treat the underlying condition to enhance your hearing, and if required, recommend hearing aids to make up for any remaining hearing loss.

Symptoms of Sensorineural Hearing Loss

You might hear a little better if people speak louder to you, but it isn’t going to comprehensively manage your hearing loss problems. Certain sounds, including consonant sounds, can be hard to hear for individuals who suffer from sensorineural hearing loss. This might cause somebody with hearing loss to the incorrect conclusion that those around them are mumbling when in fact, they’re talking clearly.

When someone is coping with hearing loss, the pitch of consonants often makes them hard to distinguish. The frequency of sound, or pitch, is measured in hertz (hz) and the higher pitch of consonants is what makes them harder for some people to hear. For instance, a short “o” registers at 250 to 1,000 Hz, depending on the voice of the person talking. But consonants like “f” or “s” will be anywhere from 1,500 to 6,000 hertz. Individuals with sensorineural hearing loss have a hard time processing these higher-pitched sounds due to the damage to their inner ears.

This is why just speaking louder doesn’t always help. It won’t help much when someone talks louder if you don’t hear some of the letters in a word like “shift”.

How Can Wearing Hearing Aids Help With This?

Hearing aids have a component that goes in the ear, so sounds get to your auditory system without the interference you would typically hear in your environment. Also, the frequencies you can’t hear are amplified and mixed with the sounds you can hear in a balanced way. In this way, you attain more clarity. Modern hearing aids also make it easier to hear speech by canceling some of the unwanted background noise.

Call Today to Set Up an Appointment

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