About Healthy Hearing

Why aren't I hearing as well as I used to?

It's estimated that around one-person-in-seven will have some kind of hearing loss during their lifetime so what is hearing loss and how can it be corrected? The sensitivity of our hearing is indicated by the quietest sound that we can detect, called the hearing threshold. Your threshold can be accurately measured by a hearing aid audiologist who will note on a graph the quietest sounds, at different frequencies, which you can hear. Normal hearing thresholds are not the same for all frequencies.

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What is a hearing test?

It is estimated that 10 million people in the UK, young and old, suffer from some form of hearing loss and sixty per cent of these (six million) would benefit from hearing aids.  Sadly only about a quarter actually actually have them even though there is much research linking untreated hearing loss with poor performance at work, difficulty with personal relationships, social isolation and even depression and ill health.

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BSHAA has almost a thousand Hearing Aid Dispensers on its membership register so there is bound to be one not far from you.  We built a tool which enables you to find one of our members quickly.

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Your ears are important to you and should be looked after which is why you should protect them from loud noises which can cause damage.  Consider hearing protection if you work in a noisy environment, use power tools on a regular basis, go shooting or work in a night club. You should also take care if you listen to music on personal earphones or attend lots of noisy music events.

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Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external cause. It may be heard in one or both ears or in the middle of the head and may be low, medium or high‑pitched.   It may be continuous or come and go - but it can be debilitating.

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The cochlea is a fluid filled chamber in the inner ear which converts sound to electrical impulses in the auditory nerve.   Sound waves enter the cochlea from the middle ear causing the fluid to vibrate. Tiny sensory hair cells to pick up this movement and trigger the signal in the nerve which passes the signal to the brain to be interpreted as sound.