Hearing loss can result from a variety of different things. Examples of these include:
- Exposure to loud or constant noise
- Family history
- The natural aging process
- Traumatic injury
- Ototoxic medications
Because hearing loss develops gradually, it is often difficult for individuals to notice. The slow deterioration of hearing can be very small from year to year, but if untreated over a prolonged period of time, hearing loss can be significant. And, as your hearing loss increases, your connection to family and friends decreases. You may notice you begin to miss things that are being said, you may start missing subtleties in how things are said, causing confusion or misunderstanding. You may even withdraw so no one notices your hearing loss. Because of this, it is important to get your hearing checked annually.
Having your hearing checked is of particular importance for individuals over 50, diabetics and individuals who have a family history of hearing loss, because these groups are the most at risk for hearing loss. Do you or a loved one fall into one of the at-risk categories? If so, contact us to schedule your annual hearing consultation today.