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How Hearing Aids Can Help Mild Hearing Loss
You may be asking yourself, “Do I need a hearing aid for mild hearing loss?” Find out here.
Generally, there are four types of hearing loss: mild, moderate, severe and profound. They can affect people of any age, from newborns to people in their early 20s and the elderly; but whatever the case, it’s likely you can restore some or all of your loss with hearing aids.
In this post, we’re going to focus on mild hearing loss, a condition that many people suffer from and may not even know it. And we’ll also examine if hearing aids can help with mild hearing loss so that you get back your hearing and enjoy life to the full once again. If you’re having trouble with your hearing, you should visit an audiologist as soon as possible to find out the degrees of hearing loss you may be afflicted with and do something about it.
Mild hearing loss is a condition that millions of people around the UK suffer from, and sadly and for different reasons, many people just put up with it instead of seeing their GP or audiologist. It’s estimated that around 6 million people in Britain could benefit from using a hearing aid, not only restoring their hearing but also their quality of life and protecting their health, since hearing loss can lead to depression, dementia and other issues.
What Is Mild Hearing Loss?
People who have mild hearing loss are usually able to hear most things — like speech — in quiet settings, but it can be a bit muffled and they might have trouble distinguishing what someone is saying from noises such as traffic or music. They may also think people are mumbling when they talk to them — when they’re not. Those who suffer from mild hearing loss often have a feeling that they have too much wax in their ears — when they don’t — and might think all they need is to have their ears syringed to remove a buildup of ear wax.
One of the most common causes of mild hearing loss is prolonged and repeated exposure to loud noise, something many of us experience every day. The parts of the ear that process soundwaves and send them on to the brain for processing, enabling us to hear, are incredibly delicate structures, and damage can be irreparable.
Too much ear wax can indeed also be a cause of mild hearing loss, and it’s quickly resolved by syringing or, as we also do, microsuction for ear wax removal — a gentle and easy way to get the buildup out of your ears. Ear infections are another cause, and can be resolved with a course of antibiotics.
And as people age, and reach their 60s and beyond, many find that their hearing declines. It’s most often mild hearing loss, but a lot of elderly people don’t do anything about it because they think nothing can be done. That’s almost always not the case, and first having a hearing test and then choosing a solution can be transformative in how people live their lives.
Do I Need a Hearing Aid for Mild Hearing Loss?
If you’ve been diagnosed with mild hearing loss after having a hearing test, you may certainly be a good candidate for a hearing aid. Modern hearing aids are sleek and even stylish and do so many things other than letting you hear properly. You can even use them to listen directly to the TV, take calls and stream music thanks to embedded Bluetooth technology.
Depending on the model you choose, hearing aids may be almost entirely unnoticeable, or at very worst, not much bigger than the earbuds everyone is now wearing to listen to music. In fact, the majority of hearing aids are virtually invisible nowadays. We’ve come a long way in the last few years in designing hearing aids for everyone, and any stigma that they’re “just for the elderly” is long since gone.
We all need a little helping hand every now and then, including hearing aids for mild hearing loss.
Are you or is someone you love having trouble with their hearing? Book a consultation with the hearing loss experts at Regain Hearing today and soon your or their hearing loss could be resolved.