How we hear, from the outer ear all the way to the brain. In order for an audiologist to assess your hearing, they need to understand how each component of your hearing will affect your ability to understand sounds and speach.
How can you tell if you or someone near you has a hearing loss? We use cartoons to represent an exaggerated view of some of the ways people compensate for a hearing loss, but you may recognize a few situations as well.
Checking your Hearing
If you suspect that you have a hearing loss or are experiencing any of the difficulties mentioned in the previous section, it is important that you have your hearing tested.
How loud is too loud
We measure the loudness of sound in decibels (dB). Most experts recommend that you use earplugs when exposed to 85 dB and above. But what does 85 dB mean?
Tinnitus is the medical term for the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking.
There is no cure, per se, for tinnitus in that there is no one magic pill that will make the millions of people with tinnitus no longer hear the noises in their ears and head. However, in some cases, tinnitus can be quieted..
Untreated Hearing Loss
There are many side effects to not treating a hearing loss, these include, sadness, depression, worry, anxiety, lonelyness. Furthermore the lack of stimulis in the brain can even increase the hearing loss.
What to ask your audiologist
When you go to see an audiologist, you need to make sure that they explain what is causing you hearing loss, and what the best outcome would be.