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Hearing Loss and How to Detect it

BY: Michael Tolleson | Category: Health | Submitted: 2010-12-10 00:44:31
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Article Summary: "A typical US household would not be familiar with sounds of a lawnmower, kitchen mixer or even the music from the latest metal CD. Clearing all the household noises you will then be able to hear more noises like those at a near by hospital or even a dog on the next house over..."


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There are many sounds that can be heard in the house and some of them are music and appliances. Listen closely you will then hear noises that go beyond the household.

Noise now in the world has become a big problem and even a sort of pollution. Being exposed to many loud noises each day is a cause of why people have hearing losses and this affects about 28 million Americans. Today studies suggest that about more than one third of people reaching 75 years old will have hearing impairments that will in turn affect their communication abilities.

It is of course not all just due to noise pollution. Medical conditions can sometimes contribute to hearing loss, conditions such as Advancing age, genetic factors, infections, physical trauma, and drug toxicity. Hearing loss can sometimes be hereditary and one will eventually get it but one can take some safeguards that might lessen the loss in hearing.

It is best that you get yourself tested early one for any hearing impairments. There are some clinics that do have hearing test but you can also do the preliminary screening programs. There is now a test that is called the Dial a Hearing Screening Test where all a patient needs for him to find out if he has a hearing problem is a telephone to dial a number. This screening test is actually due to the efforts of the Audiology and Hearing Aid Clinic at Northern Illinois Medical Center.

The test will have eight different tones that a person has to listen to. A more comprehensive test for hearing will be suggested to the caller who is not able to clearly hear the eight tones. One must be in a quiet room using a stable telephone line when taking the screening test. In order for one to not have severe hearing loss in the future it is best to take care of their hearing now. It is always best to avoid places that have excessive noise surrounding them.

Always keep in mind that protection is very important when it comes to noise so observe the proper gear required by your workplace. Another reason why many people are suffering from hearing problems is that they listen to music at very high levels.

Hearing impairments in children is when they do not give any reaction to the noises in their surroundings. It follows most of the time that when a child is delayed in talking they might have a slight hearing deficiency.

Most times when there is delay in speech it can just be due to an ear infection. Ear infections can actually cause problem in the long run that will be permanent once they are not addressed right away. Many can now take advantage of the hearing aids in the market that are more advanced. Hearing impaired people can now use hearing aids that are lighter and are able to decrease the background noise so they can hear clearer. With cochlear implants and other surgical techniques people will be now get a chance to hear well. Make sure that your hearing is well taken cared of while you are young so that there is not problems in the future.

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