Hearing Loss

One in Six Adults Suffers from Hearing Loss

Sixteen percent of adult Europeans suffers from a hearing loss significant enough to adversely affect their daily life.

Research also shows that hearing loss affects more young people than ever before.

Hearing loss changes our everyday life

Even simple conversations can be very tiring for people with hearing loss. Following a few people talking at the same time requires intense effort. Active communication is difficult, which can quickly lead to you feeling isolated.

 

Hearing loss can have many causes, but in most cases it can be addressed successfully.  

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Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be the result of damage to any one of these sections:-

Causes in the outer ear (A)

Outer Ear
Typical problems with the outer ear  include ear wax plugs and infections of the auditory canal. Usually, addressing these problems is very easy. But it is important to act quickly in order to avoid hearing damage.


Causes in the middle ear (B)

Middle EarInflammation, fluid behind the eardrum, perforations of the eardrum and otosclerosis (a stiffening of the bones in the middle ear) are the most common problems to interfere with middle ear function. Most outer and middle ear problems can be addressed effectively with medication or surgery. If this is not possible, permanent hearing loss can be compensated with a hearing aid in most cases.


Causes in the inner ear (C)

Inner Ear

The majority of hearing issues concern the inner ear.  The most common cause is the natural ageing process. But loud noise, taking some types of medication, or skull fractures can also have a negative influence on a person’s hearing ability. These influences damage the fine hair cells and affect the transmission of signals to the auditory nerves. Usually, inner ear hearing loss cannot be addressed medically. However, this type of hearing loss can be corrected with a hearing aid in most cases.

 

 

 

 


Hearing loss caused by an outer or middle ear defect is called conductive hearing loss. Damage to the inner ear, is called sensorineural hearing loss. If both types occur together, the condition is called mixed hearing loss.



Harley Street HearingHarley Street Hearing are London’s leading independent hearing clinics and are the most successful Lyric Centre worldwide. Established for 25 years, all our staff are highly skilled audiological practitioners who are trained in healthcare provision.  As we are registered with the Health Professions Council, we can accept self-referrals, or referrals direct from your GP or from Ear, Nose and Throat specialists across the UK.  So whether you want advice on hearing loss or protection call 020 7486 1053 or click here to email us.