Hearing is one of our most effective bridges to the outside world, alerting us to any dangers nearby so that we stay safe and enabling communication and relationship-building and strengthening with friends and family, colleagues and teachers.
In this guide, we will explain how hearing works, the types of hearing loss and the signs and symptomsof hearing loss that you should look out for. We
will also discuss the many solutions to hearing loss
that are available.
Most of us take our hearing for granted,
yet there are as many as ten million people in the UK with some form of hearing
loss. It may shock you to know that, by the age of 50, around 40% of us already
have problems with our hearing. By the age of 70, this rises to 70% and the
rising trend continues with advancing age.
Without good hearing, it’s easy to become
frustrated, withdrawn and socially isolated, which explains why untreated hearing loss can lead to more serious
problems such as clinical depression and even early onset dementia.
Although age related hearing loss is common, hearing loss can also occur at any age as a result of disease or noise-related damage. Less common is the hearing loss due to genetic problems that affect the development of the ears and this can easily be misdiagnosed.