According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hearing loss is a reduction or absence of sound sensitivity resulting from damage to the inner ear caused by illness, injury, old age, genetics, or other reasons. Hearing loss is categorized into several types depending on the extent and presence of symptoms. Some common forms include sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) and conductive hearing loss (CHL).
Approximately 430 million people require rehabilitation for ‘disabling’ hearing loss. This number is expected to nearly double to 700 million by 2050. Most older individuals will experience some hearing impairment during their lifetime. Although they can often adapt to these losses, a lack of awareness can cause serious issues.
Let's look at eight signs alerting you that it might be time to seek hearing aid services.