Hearing loss can be caused by many different factors, but the most common causes develop with age or through exposure to excessively loud noise. As hearing loss progresses over time it can help to recognise the early signs to ensure your quality of life remains the same.
Signs of hearing loss
Hearing loss can be different for every individual. It can affect different frequencies of sound by varying amounts. You might find it hard to hear a conversation in a noisy environment where background noise is interfering but in a quieter environment, you are not as affected.
If you think that your hearing might not be what it used to be, or you believe a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss consider making an appointment for a hearing test. Pensioners and veterans have access to a free hearing test via the Office of Hearing .
Types of hearing loss
As the third most common physical disorder, behind arthristis and heart disease, hearing loss is a phenomenon affecting everyone from newborns to the elderly. Although some causes of hearing loss are permanent and untreatable, others can be treated or prevented.