Treatment of (“Nerve deafness”) and deafness due to ageing

Treatment of (“Nerve deafness”) and deafness due to ageing

An initial hearing loss manifests when people begin to notice a reduction in their hearing ability.
  • It becomes difficult to understand what is being said, when three or more people are talking together.
  • It seems that others – especially young people – have begun to mumble.
  • Background noise can make it difficult to understand what is being said.
  • Other sounds, such as bird song, doorbells or a ringing telephone, can recede or simply disappear.
  • Family and friends of people who have a hearing loss, due to advancing age, also notice this.

It can be a difficult and confusing time for the hearing affected person, as a simple conversation becomes a struggle and they begin to blame others for mumbling. So it may take some time to realize that hearing capacity is decreasing.

When the High tones are affected in the range where the important speech sounds, usually the consonant sounds, such as “s”, “t” and “f”, can no longer be clearly heard. This causes speech to sound muddy and slurred, so even though we can hear we are being spoken to, we cannot understand what is being said.

When our hearing fails us, it can be difficult or impossible to perceive all of the rich nuances of life’s many sounds: the clock ticking, footsteps, water running, food sizzling in a pan. The world around us goes quiet – the melody is lost.

While many of us will have to accept impaired hearing as part of the ageing process, there is absolutely no reason to accept a poorer quality of life as well. The worst thing we can do, when faced with a hearing loss, is to ignore or try to hide the fact. Those around us will quickly suspect that something is wrong, as we become less and less able to communicate normally.

People with a hearing loss are often treated as if they were less intelligent than those with normal hearing. Their hearing difficulty can put them in situations where, for example, they do not hear a question correctly and consequently give an unrelated answer. Or perhaps they do not hear the question at all. This can be misunderstood and interpreted as a sign of stupidity.

While a hearing aid is an effective help – it is not a cure for hearing impairment.

Hearing aids can not restore our original hearing ability, but they can help us to make the very most of the hearing ability we have left. Today’s hearing aids are intricate technical instruments, which are individually adjusted to the user’s own specific hearing loss. Even so, it takes time to become used to all the new, amplified sounds ¬especially if we have lived with a hearing loss for some time and have forgotten how noisy buses and cars sound.

Age-related hearing loss is neither an illness nor something to be embarrassed about, but rather a completely natural result of advancing age. Fortunately, this is a problem we can do something about!

Most individuals with hearing loss can benefit from amplification. The goal of amplification is to make speech audible. The most common types of hearing aids range in size from fitting behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE), and in the canal (ITC) to completely in the canal (CIC), and the smallest being invisible in the canal (IIC). The style of hearing aid can be limited by the degree of loss. For example, an individual with severe to profound hearing loss will require a BTE. A lesser hearing loss should benefit from the smaller styles such as CIC or IIC.