Hearing loss is something that many people experience. Indeed, somewhere in the region of 20% of Americans have some form of hearing loss. While it’s more common in people who are older, hearing loss is something that can occur at any age. The good news is that most forms of hearing loss can be treated, using a variety of treatment methods. As well as treatment, working with an audiologist can ensure that any lifestyle factors that are contributing to the hearing loss are identified. In this article, we’re going to take a look at all you need to know about hearing loss treatment, including how it’s diagnosed and the options available to you.

Identifying hearing loss

The first step towards treating hearing loss is to identify it in the first place. This usually comes from the patient’s side. There are several symptoms that can suggest hearing loss has occurred. For instance, if you’re struggling to keep up with group conversations in loud environments, or you find yourself continually asking others to repeat themselves, then it’ll be worthwhile getting your hearing checked out. In many cases, it’ll be the friends and family members of the patient that suggest hearing loss has occurred.

What treatment options are available?

Because hearing loss is so common, there are many different treatments available. Which one is right for you will be determined by various factors, including the type of hearing loss that you have, the severity and your lifestyle. In some instances, surgical intervention can reduce hearing loss, such as if it has been caused by an infection. But most people will find that getting a hearing device fitted significantly reduces the effects of hearing loss and helps to improve their quality of life. There isn’t just one type of hearing aid available. There are several. The most common types are behind the ear (BTE), in the canal (ITC) or in the ear (ITE). All three types have their advantages. The one that’s most appropriate for you will depend on various factors, such as the severity of your hearing loss, age and your cosmetic preference. While the audiologist that you work with may make suggestions as to which one is right for you, you will usually be able to choose from more than one type.

Hearing loss prevention

As well as treating your current level of hearing loss, one positive action to take is to look at making any changes that’ll prevent hearing loss from developing any further. This is especially important if the hearing damage is due to lifestyle factors, such as working in a loud environment, listening to loud music through headphones or attending loud concerts on a regular basis. Reducing the impact of these activities could involve wearing hearing protection, or avoiding them altogether. If you suspect that you may be experiencing hearing loss, then look at scheduling an appointment with an audiologist. They’ll be able to analyze the extent of your hearing loss and present all of your treatment options to you.