There are many options available to treat hearing loss. The appropriate solution will depend on the underlying cause of the hearing loss. In most instances, where age is a factor, fitting hearing aids is likely to be of benefit, with an instant and appreciable improvement in an individual’s ability to clearly hear speech across a range of listening environments. More complex otological conditions may require further investigation, or referral to a specialist such as ENT consultant or Otologist whom might consider other medical or surgical interventions. Our audiologist will be able to advise if any further referrals or investigations are necessary.
Presbycusis, or the natural degeneration in hearing ability, relating to the ageing process, is connected to a reduction in cochlea function. The cochlea acts to convert signals entering the inner ear to electrical impulses, a process called transduction. These electrical signals travel via the auditory nerve to the part of the brain concerned with receiving and interpreting these signals – the auditory cortex. Hair cells within the cochlea become less efficient and fatigue as we get older, resulting in reduced auditory processing and stimulation, which ultimately manifests as hearing loss. This is a slow and gradual process. Consequently, we often don’t become aware of any hearing difficulties until later in life or perhaps until it’s noticed by friends or family.
A full range of assistive devices are available that not only help you to hear better but also seamlessly integrate with the latest hearing aid technologies, allowing you to maximise the features and benefits of these devices. Depending on your lifestyle and specific hearing requirements there is an assistive device available to enrich your listening experience.