Hearing Loss

Life is enriched by the expe­ri­ences we have through our five sens­es: sight, touch, smell, taste, and hear­ing. Togeth­er, our sens­es enable us to learn and enjoy life. Hear­ing is espe­cial­ly vital; it enables us to com­mu­ni­cate our wants, needs, and emo­tions.

You can­not reverse hear­ing loss or elim­i­nate all Sound Voids™. How­ev­er, your Audi­gyC­er­ti­fied™ pro­fes­sion­al can apply the appro­pri­ate care and tech­nol­o­gy to lessen their effects and improve the qual­i­ty of sounds you hear. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, many peo­ple suf­fer­ing from a hear­ing loss are either unaware or ashamed of their con­di­tion and do not uti­lize the avail­able advanced tech­nol­o­gy.

Defin­ing Sound
The loud­ness of sound is mea­sured in deci­bels. Pitch is mea­sured in fre­quen­cy of sound vibra­tions per sec­ond. A deep voice has a low pitch and fre­quen­cy, where­as a child’s voice has a high pitch and fre­quen­cy.

High-Fre­quen­cy Hear­ing Loss
In the first stages of hear­ing impair­ment, high fre­quen­cies are usu­al­ly lost first. There­fore, dif­fi­cul­ty hear­ing or under­stand­ing high-pitched voic­es of women and chil­dren is one of the first symp­toms. It is impor­tant to rec­og­nize that hear­ing some­one and under­stand­ing them are two dif­fer­ent things. High­fre­quen­cy hear­ing loss dis­torts sound, which makes speech dif­fi­cult to under­stand even if it can be heard.

Peo­ple with hear­ing loss often have dif­fi­cul­ty dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing words that sound alike, espe­cial­ly words that con­tain S, F, SH, CH, H, TH, T, K or soft C sounds. These con­so­nants are in a much high­er fre­quen­cy range than vow­els and oth­er con­so­nants.

Degree of Hear­ing Loss
There are five lev­els or degrees of hear­ing loss. A per­son with nor­mal hear­ing can per­ceive very soft sounds, where­as a per­son with a pro­found loss can only per­ceive sounds loud­er than 90 dB.

Pre­ven­tion
Avoid­ing loud noise may help pre­vent pre­ma­ture hear­ing loss and the per­cep­tion of Sound Voids.

Do I have dif­fi­cul­ty talk­ing or hear­ing oth­ers talk over the sound?
Does the sound make your ears hurt?
Do my ears ring after hear­ing the sound?
Do oth­er sounds seem muf­fled after expo­sure?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above ques­tions, the noise may be dam­ag­ing your hear­ing. Most peo­ple don’t real­ize how loud every­day sounds actu­al­ly are. Sounds above 85 dB are harm­ful depend­ing on how long and how often you are exposed to them. The loud­er a sound is, the low­er the amount of expo­sure is required to cause dam­age. If used prop­er­ly, hear­ing pro­tec­tion devices can reduce the loud­ness of sound reach­ing the ears.

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