For many people, hearing loss occurs gradually as they age. Around 30% of Americans between the ages of 65 and 75 have a certain degree of hearing loss. After the age of 75, that number increases. However, you don’t have to live with the debility of hearing loss. In most cases, it can be managed. The otolaryngologists at Springfield’s Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England can provide you with a hearing test and treatment for hearing loss.
Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss
There are three types of hearing loss:
- Conductive: affecting the outer ear
- Sensorineural: affecting the inner ear
- Mixed: affecting both
Springfield patients who are noticing the following issues may be suffering from hearing loss:
- Speech and other close sounds seem muffled
- You are struggling to hear words, particularly if there is background noise
- You find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves
- You need to turn up the volume of the TV to hear it
- You tend to withdraw from conversations
- You avoid recreational activities or social situations
Although most types of hearing loss are irreversible, our otolaryngologists can help you find a hearing aid that will improve your level of hearing.
Preventing Hearing Loss
These steps can help you reduce your risk of hearing loss due to noise damage:
- If you work in an environment with loud noises, protect your ears with earplugs or earmuffs.
- Get regular hearing tests to ensure your hearing is not being affected by your work environment.
- Avoid listening to loud music using earbuds or headphones for long periods of time.
If you would like to visit Springfield’s Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England for a hearing test, call our Springfield office at 413-732-7426, our Northampton office at 413-586-2033, or Mary Lane Hospital at 413-967-2249.