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Do You Lip Read?, It could be a sympton of hearing loss........

Hearing Loss

Is often classified by means of different categories. The same definitions are not always used, but the following are the most common.

Mild Hearing Loss

On average, the most quite sounds that people can hear with their better ear are between 25 and 40 decibels. People who suffer from mild hearing loss have some difficulties keeping up with conversations, especially in noisy surroundings.

Moderate Hearing Loss

On average, the most quite sounds heard by people with their better ear are between 40 and 70 decibels. People with a moderate loss find it difficult keeping up with conversation when not using a hearing instrument

Severe Hearing Loss

On average the most quite sounds heard by people with their better ear are between 70 and 95 decibels. This person would benefit from a power hearing aid, but often they rely on lip reading even when using hearing instruments. Some also use sign language,even a child with a severe hearing loss can be taught

sign language.

Profound Hearing Loss

On average the most quite sounds heard by people with their better ear are from 95 decibels or more. People who suffer a from profound loss are very hard of hearing and rely mostly on lip reading, and/or sign language.

One of the major causes of harder hearing is ageing. We all lose our hearing sooner or later.

Hearing loss is a natural consequence of getting older.When we age we need help in our daily lives. Our hearing ability worsens from our 30s or 40s and onwards and when we reach our 80s, more than half of us suffer from significant hearing loss. Despite that, more than half of all hearing-impaired people are of working age.

Another common reason for hearing loss is exposure to noise.

We live in a noisy world. Noise may come from our work or from voluntary exposure to noise, such as noisy motors or loud music at rock concerts, night clubs, and discos and from stereos - with or without the use of headphones. Also the increasing use of portable MP3 players is causing hearing damages. The players are capable of delivering high sound levels and the user risks exposing their ears to highly excessive dB levels.

Hearing loss may also occur as a result of disease, infections or drugs. It may be inherited or be a result of physical damage to the ears or serious injuries to the head.

Hearing loss can either be conductive or sensorineural. Some people suffer from both, which is called mixed hearing loss. Find out if you have a hearing loss

Imagine a constant ringing, buzzing or whistling in your ears, 24 hours a day. It is called tinnitus. You never get a break. It is always there. Nobody else but you can hear the noise because it does not come from any external source. Although you are the only person who can hear the noise it is not a result of your imagination.

Almost all of us experience tinnitus temporarily; perhaps for a few hours after a concert or any other occasion where our ears are subjected to noise. Tinnitus

becomes a problem when this noise persists and/or increases. Normally, the ringing in the ears will disappear, but it may also become permanent, leading to hearing loss.

The majority of people who suffer from tinnitus find it very disturbing and uncomfortable.

More and more young people are having

tinnitus symptons Tinnitus is common in people over the age of 40, but is becoming increasingly prevalent in younger people, as well, because of increased daily noise levels, including those caused by the unrestrained use of MP3s, iPods and other personal stereos.

Although tinnitus is more common among people who suffer from hearing loss, anyone can suffer from tinnitus. It is also possible to suffer from major hearing loss without contracting tinnitus at all.

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