Hearing loss is an issue for many senior citizens and can range from minor - such as missing certain sounds or words - to major, such as total hearing loss. Hearing loss can occur naturally with age. Some of the emotional effects of hearing loss include frustration, anger, anxiety and the feeling of being left out of conversations and social activity. Caregivers may also become frustrated if their patient has hearing loss. Some of the warning signs of hearing loss include: 1. Having difficulty hearing on the telephone 2. Difficulty following conversations between two or more people 3. Needing people to repeat what they have said 4. Needing to turn up the television volume to a level that is uncomfortable for others to hear 5. Problems hearing because of background noise 6. Hearing mumbling when others talk 7. Difficulty understanding those with soft or high voices. If any of these symptoms occur, it is probably best to see your physician who might recommend a specialist who can give you a hearing test. There are generally two types of hearing loss: presbycusis, a gradual type of hearing loss that progresses as a person ages and seems to be genetic and affects both ears; and tinnitus, a ringing or hissing noise in the ear that can be indicative of other health problems. Environmental and biological factors can also cause hearing loss. Long term damage is caused by excessive exposure to loud music, machinery, or other abnormally loud objects. Punctured ear drums or medical conditions caused by viruses or bacteria can also cause hearing loss. One of the most common treatments of hearing loss is using hearing aids. There are several different types of hearing aids; they can be expensive but are usually covered by insurance at least partially. An audiologist will help the patient find the most comfortable hearing aid for their particular condition. For patients with severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant is a surgical procedure where electronic devices are placed under the skin. Cochlear implants are highly specialized and do not work for all types of hearing loss and are usually used as a last resort. For more information, please visit http://www.trustedhandsnetwork.com Related Articles - caregiver, home care, hearing loss, Email this Article to a Friend! Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!Subscribe for free today!
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