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First Steps To Take For Sudden Hearing Loss.

It has generally been found that it can take around ten years for some individuals to come to terms that they are suffering form a gradually deteriorating hearing loss.

 
PRLog - Dec. 7, 2011 - MANCHESTER, U.K. -- It has generally been found that it can take around ten years for some individuals to come to terms that they are suffering form a  gradually deteriorating hearing loss.  Nearly three quarters of over 70 year-olds and 40 per cent of over 50 year-olds have some form of hearing impairment. Of the 10 million people in the UK known to have a significant loss of hearing, at least four million people do not wear any form of hearing aid.

Many men and women spent every day of their working lives continually surrounded by noise levels exceeding 85dBA without ear protection in factories and workshops throughout the industrial regions of the UK.  It wasn’t until the mid-1970s when the Health and Safety at Work Act was introduced in an attempt to address the known problems of industrial deafness. Implementation of the Noise at Work Regulations, 1989 placed legal responsibilities upon a company employer to protect the hearing of his workforce.

However, for countless thousands of workers subject to the noise from machinery or other industrial or chemical process without adequate ear protection the long term hearing damage was done. Unfortunately, the symptoms of noise induced hearing loss often go unnoticed because the victim has ‘got used’ to not hearing properly, unless the warning signs of temporary hearing loss or the ringing / whistling sounds of tinnitus are experienced, and the gradual deterioration in hearing is recognised some considerable time later.

Yet a loss of hearing can also occur unexpectedly at any time. An ‘acoustic trauma’ may result from exposure to a sudden, high volume noise causing the force of air pressure to perforate the ear drum and possibly damaging the sensitive hairs of the inner ear as well.

In a medical emergency, it’s always likely an A&E duty doctor may not fully realise the full extent of any hearing damage caused and may advise simply to wait and then refer back to a GP. In any circumstance it is almost impossible to determine with any degree of certainty as to whether there has been any long-term noise induced hearing loss.

Likewise, for any individual faced with any unexplained loss of hearing. One very typical example is understanding the difference between a normal head cold, which causes  an inability to hear in one ear for a day or so, and suffering a viral infection of the inner ear, which is a medical emergency and accounts for around a quarter of all sudden hearing loss cases. Assuming it is just a simple cold and waiting to see if it will clear up may be a terrible mistake.

Assuming that only one ear is blocked, a quick first test any person can make to differentiate between the two conditions is simply to hum out loud. If you hear your voice is louder in the blocked ear, the problem is congestion, i.e. fluid in your middle ear and is most likely to be a temporary condition until the cold clears up and your ear clears.

However, if you hear your voice is louder in your good ear, there is a high probability of a viral attack, which can lead to permanent hearing loss and you should seek treatment immediately. It’s been estimated that your chances of your hearing returning to normal, or near normal, are greater than 50 per cent with  immediate treatment.

The test will not work if both ears are equally blocked. Experiencing reduced hearing in both ears will need professional medical help without delay. Any man or woman who feels their working past may have affected their capacity to hear should also seek hearing loss advice at the earliest opportunity.

Visit http://www.hearinglossadvice.co.uk for more information and advice.

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Offering clear information, advice and FAQ's on hearing loss and industrial related deafness.

Visit http://www.hearinglossadvice.co.uk for more information and advice.

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Source:Hearing Loss Advice (Daren Bach)
City/Town:Manchester - Manchester - United Kingdom
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