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The ear, despite its small size, is a highly complex organ. Acting as sound filter, the ear transforms every sound audible to us into accurate information the brain can prioritise.
The shape of the outer ear allows for soundwaves to be directed from the auditory canal to the eardrum
This section of the ear contains the ear drum and 3 tiny bones which amplify the soundwaves, these bones are called:
The eardrum first passes the soundwaves through to the 3 tiny bones which convert it into vibrations.
The vibrations then enter the cochlea which is filled with fluid, and tiny sensory cells. The sensory cells pick up the sound vibrations and transmit them via nerve fibres to the area of the brain in charge of processing and interpreting what we hear. This sound can be described as loud or soft, high-pitched or low-pitched.
If the ear is exposed to strong vibrations over time, the sensory cells and fibres can become damaged, if these are unable to heal or be replaced, this can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Hearing empowers us and enriches our lives. Hearing enables us to socialise, work, interact, communicate and even relax. Good hearing also helps to keep us safe, warning us of potential danger or alerting us to someone else’s distress (Oticon 2012).
We need to hear to perform everyday tasks…
At social occasions:-
Hearing is also necessary for our own safety:-
… and is important when we learn as it allows us to
Society views hearing loss as being associated with getting older… But don’t be fooled as this is not always the case….
Mechanisms of hearing loss:
Types of Hearing loss:
As a person ages our organs do not work as effectively as they once did….This is the same with the organ of the ear.
As we get older we lose our ability to hear softer and high pitched sounds.
2. Noise-induced Hearing Loss
This is often caused by over-exposure to excessive noise.
It is often seen in occupations such as:
On another note you should be mindful that activities such as going to concerts, or listening to your MP3 player can also lead to noise-induced hearing loss.
3. Conductive Hearing Loss
In this type sound is prevented from reaching the inner ear, due to problems within the outer or middle ear. These can include:
4. Sensorineural Hearing Loss
This occurs in the inner ear, and is when the sensory cells or nerve fibres get damaged-and as a result sound is not transmitted properly.
The main causes are:
This condition in most cases is permanent.
Hearing is one of the ways we communicate with others and can pronounced impact on your lives and the people around us.
Hearing loss can be associated with feelings of embarrassment, worry, sadness and lioness. You may also start to feel drowsy, irritable and have trouble concentrating. If left untreated it can lead to feelings of isolation, damage close relationships and even lead to depression.
Research by one of our leading manufactures Oticon, show that treating hearing loss can lead to a positive impact on the physical and emotionally health of an individual and their family.
Hearing loss can creep up on you… So the person affected can be the last person to know.
Do these statements sound familiar?
“My family members complain that i need to turn the television volume louder than they do”
“I have to ask people to repeat themselves even when I am in a quiet conversation with one or two people”
It is a fact that family, friends and co-workers are often the first ones to spot out problems, such as these, before you do.
The real problem is often not the condition itself-it’s that we do not recognise it and treat it early on. To avoid this fate you need to be able to identify the SIGNS of hearing loss early on.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
A hearing loss is like any other important health-related issues or concern; it should be taken seriously and not neglected. This involves going to a professional to obtain a diagnosis, and treatment with the best solutions available to you.
Treating hearing loss has proven to have a positive impact on quality of live. In addition to helping you HEAR better, hearing instruments make you FEEL better. You should expect:
Finding the right solutions involves gaining an overview of what instruments there are, and finding the right one for you to meet your specific hearing loss needs.
At Shire Hearing Centres our clinicians can supply you with an overview of different types of instruments and help you find the one that’s right for you, and your specific hearing needs.
The test will take place in a sound-proof booth, where you will put on a headset, sit comfortably and listen. A trained audiologist will then play a series of pure whistling tones-from bass through to treble. The audiologist will instruct you to press the buzzer when you hear them. The results of this test will be recorded on an audiogram ( a line of x’s amd o’s). From these markers the audiologist will be able to tell you:
You can also view the video below to learn more about how hearing works