What is hearing loss?

Our ears are a surprisingly complex organ responsible for collecting and processing sounds and transmitting them to the brain for interpretation. Many people take their hearing for granted but hearing loss happens when there is a problem with one or more parts of the ear.

Hearing loss is a common and natural part of ageing.

Between the ages of 30 to 40, the hair cells in the inner ear begin to die. By the age of 60 to 65, about 30% of the population has a hearing loss that is significant enough to affect their ability to hear everyday sounds, such as speech.

Hearing loss ranges from difficulty hearing soft sounds or understanding speech, to complete deafness. For approximately 1 in 10 people, hearing loss eventually reaches a point where hearing aids are required.

What other factors can affect hearing loss?

Exposure to loud noise, ear infections, certain medications, hereditary factors, some illnesses or physical damage can also play a role in hearing loss. Hearing loss is also associated with numerous physical health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anaemia, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, balance problems and an increased risk of falls.

At Independent Hearing Services, we will help you understand your own hearing needs and deliver the best hearing solution to suit you and your lifestyle.

If you would like more information or would like to book a hearing test, please get in touch.  We are happy to talk through options to help you. Please call Ray or Marianne Jones at Independent Hearing Services on 01202 861522 or Contact Us here.

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Independent Hearing Services
323 New Road, Ferndown
Dorset – BH22 8EJ

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