In most cases of hearing loss, the delicate hair cells of the inner ear are broken or cease to function properly. When this occurs, the brain cannot receive all of the sounds and frequencies that it requires to form a complete range of hearing.
Outside of the obvious inconveniences experienced when hearing loss begins to occur, there are often unexpected side effects that accompany the problem, including:
- Loss of social activity
Few people want to admit that they are having difficulty hearing what is happening around them, and this is especially true for younger people who believe the stigma of hearing loss accompanies older age. The truth of the matter is that hearing loss can occur to anyone, at any age, and is nothing to be ashamed of.
Gone are the days of large, bulking hearing aids that are obvious to those around you. If you suffer from hearing loss, there are many high tech options that are descreet and effective. Just like the difference between the size and function of cell phones of ten years ago versus today, the technology is very advanced and available in much smaller devices.
If you have been noticing a change in your hearing, remember that over time, if left untreated, hearing loss can worsen. Call Atlanta ENT today for a hearing evaluation and to learn about the modern options available to treat hearing impairment.
Ramie Tritt, M.D., President, Atlanta ENT