Did you know that we hear with our brains, not our ears? Our ears are simply the organs that transmit sound to the brain.
That’s why hearing loss can cause symptoms like tiredness and fatigue, because if we’re struggling to hear, our brains have to work harder to process and evaluate the reduced level of information transmitted. For many sufferers, hearing loss leads to frustration, social isolation, fatigue and, in some cases, depression.
Adult Hearing test: What is hearing loss
Despite being a very common issue, hearing loss remains a condition that people are reluctant to accept – even today, there is still a social stigma around it.
Signs of Hearing Loss
For many, hearing loss occurs gradually over many years and they aren’t fully aware of what they’re missing. Symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Feeling as though people are mumbling or speaking quietly
- Difficulty hearing when there is mild to moderate background noise
- Needing the TV or music to be louder than others require
- Being unable to follow conversations with more than one person in a group setting
Adult Hearing test: What are the signs of hearing loss
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Adult Hearing Test: Who suffers from hearing loss
Cause of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common causes of hearing loss are:
- Age related
- Exposure to loud noise over many years, especially in loud work environments
- Sudden hearing loss from a virus
- Side effect of ototoxic medication
- Head injury
- Birth defects
See Types of Hearing Loss page for more information.
Hearing Loss Level
The below audiogram is a graphical representation showing what sounds we hear at different frequencies and decibels. Normal hearing is at 20db. When you undertake a hearing test, your results are plotted on an audiogram to indicate your hearing levels.
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