Effects Of Hearing Loss
A hearing loss is much more than just the inability to hear loudly enough. People with a hearing loss can have problems hearing and localizing a sound source.
They may also have a discrimination loss – having difficulty discriminating words from each other, even if they are fairly loud. A person may hear the words of a sentence, but fail to understand the spoken message.
Hearing loss impacts on the quality of life for the person and the family. It has a negative impact on physical, emotional and mental health and also affects work and school performance.
A hearing loss, no matter if it is mild or only in one ear, can have a significant negative effect on a child’s speech development, educational achievement and formation of social skills.
The Effects Of Hearing Loss On A Child
The Effects Of Hearing Loss On An Adult
Adults May Experience One Or All Of The Following In Anything From A Mild To Severe Degree:
- Hyperacusis – When a person find it difficult to tolerate everyday sounds that most other people find acceptable and natural
- Tinnitus – The sensation of hearing sound such as a rushing or ringing sound or white noise that can vary in intensity and be constant or periodic. Tinnitus often accompanies hearing loss
Workers with a hearing loss (mild – profound) are more likely to be unemployed, leading to significant personal and social adverse effects. Not treating the hearing loss can lead to lost wages, lost promotions, lost opportunities and lower income in retirement
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