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Our sense of hearing can experience various types of loss or change, some of which are short-term and nothing to worry about, whilst others are permanent to a greater or lesser degree.

Some common causes of 'hearing loss' are;

Wax - Everyone gets wax in their ears, if it blocks the outer ear canal sounds are dull. If you have any problems contact the surgery who will advise you on the correct procedure.

Age - As we get older our hearing has been subject to time, and any damage done cannot be repaired. It is wise to get a hearing test if you start turning up the volume on the television, miss the sound of the doorbell ringing, or do not understand a word people are saying when it is obvious they are talking to you.

Tinnitus - Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a result of damage to the microscopic hairs which sense sound in the inner ear. Nine times out of ten it goes away, but for 15% of us it doesn't, and once acquired, tinnitus can never be cured, only masked by other sounds.

Tinnitus Helpline: Tel Voice 0808 808 6666
Tinnitus Helpline: Textphone 0808 808 0007

Noise Induced Deafness

Noise induced deafness occurs very gradually and often goes unnoticed by the sufferer for a long time. Like tinnitus, once the damage is done it is irreversible. It can be a problem for those in any noisy environment for extended periods of time. Many specialists are concerned that more and more people will become victims of noise induced deafness earlier in life due to the trend of wearing of headsets and playing loud music direct into the ear.

How Do We Get Help?

It is very distressing for people when they lose their hearing especially if it is sudden; nowadays there is a lot more help for those who find themselves in this situation. Firstly speak to your doctor who will advise you on the best course of action.

Hearing Therapists

A Hearing Therapist works with patients who have acquired hearing loss. They use a variety of methods to help improve a patient's ability to manage the hearing loss and continue to participate fully in the activities of their daily living.

Cochlear Implant

A cochlear implant is an electronic system that stimulates the auditory nerve directly, bypassing the hair cells in the cochlea. It can give a sensation of sound to the profoundly deaf who have been unable to hear using the hearing aids available.

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