Nearly 15%* of the UK population have some degree of hearing loss or hearing impairment, and naturally many are unsure what to do about it. At Hidden Hearing, we hope to help – by unravelling some of the mystery and stigma that surrounds deafness and hearing loss. *Source RNID & Office For National Statistics
For most people, hearing loss happens slowly – you begin to miss the odd word of conversation or have to turn the television volume louder. If you’re starting to experience hearing problems, please don’t worry: it will happen to us all at some point in life.
If you were to look at a picture of yourself taken yesterday, you wouldn’t see a difference. Look at one from ten years ago and it’s a different story! Hearing loss can be like that. Day to day we don’t feel any different - only over time does it becomes noticeable.
When you think somebody you know is losing their hearing, the issue can be difficult to handle. Helping them can be a real test of tact and diplomacy, but this section of the website should give you the knowledge to identify and gently address their problem.
Hearing loss is often more than just physical and the effect it can have on your emotional well-being can also be quite overwhelming. Often many people find that suffering from a degree of hearing loss can impact on both their home and work life.
A hearing impairment can be described as a full or partial loss of the ability to detect or discriminate sounds around us. Common terms used instead of hearing impairment include hard of hearing and deafness. The correct use of these words is crucial as both signify different ends of the scale of a hearing impairment.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss is caused by damage to the hair cells of the hearing organ (cochlea) caused by exposure to higher than normal levels of noise
There are many different forms of hearing loss and by far the most common form is age related hearing loss. Age related hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds cannot pass freely through the eardrum, then the outer ear or past the tiny bones, known as ossicles, in the middle ear.
The term congenital implies the presence of a defect at time of birth, therefore congenital hearing loss is where a hearing loss is present at time of birth. It is estimated that between a quarter and half of all severe to profound hearing losses are due to hereditary/genetic causes and many fall into the congenital category.
Presbycusis is a common type of hearing loss that occurs gradually in people as they age. Known as a type of progressive sensorineural hearing loss, the condition can be caused by abnormalities in hair cells in the Organ of Corti, found in the cochlea in the inner ear.