The main reason hearing loss is difficult to detect is that it occurs gradually over time. In most cases, hearing loss occurs so gradually that the affected person simply doesn’t notice the change.
Orleans, MA (PRWEB) June 04, 2015
Cape & Islands Hearing Centers, in a recently published article, has identified the main reasons why those with hearing loss often deny the problem or refuse to seek help.
It takes the average person with hearing loss 5 to 7 years before seeking a professional diagnosis, despite the fact that the signs and symptoms of hearing loss are clear to others, according to Cape & Islands Hearing Centers.
From an outside perspective, those with hearing loss can appear stubborn or obstinate, but the fact is that many individuals suffering from hearing loss either cannot recognize the symptoms at all or do not realize the severity of the problem. For this reason, hearing loss has often been referred to as the invisible handicap.
The main reason hearing loss is difficult to detect is that it occurs gradually over time. In most cases, hearing loss occurs so gradually that the affected person simply doesn’t notice the change. So a gradual loss of 1-2 decibels over 10-20 years, while producing a 20-40 total decibel loss, is not going to be perceptible at any given moment in time for those affected.
Masking the problem further, hearing loss is often partial, meaning that some sounds can still be heard normally. And because speech is usually the sound most difficult to hear with high-frequency hearing loss, those with hearing loss can compensate by turning up the TV volume to excessive levels or by forcing people to shout.
The remaining factors that make hearing loss difficult to detect include the fact that most family doctors do not routinely screen for hearing loss and that hearing loss is an invisible and pain free condition.
Cape & Islands Hearing Centers is urging those with any signs of hearing loss, even if the signs are subtle or first noticed by friends or family members, to schedule a hearing test as soon as possible, as early intervention results in the best outcomes. The full article can be found at http://www.capecodhearingaids.com/blog/5-reasons-why-people-deny-hearing-loss/.
About Cape & Islands Hearing Centers
Cape & Islands Hearing Centers is a full-service audiology practice located in Orleans, MA. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, the practice offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for all hearing aid models.
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