Persons with moderate hearing loss may understand conversational speech while close up and face to face with the speaker. However, in most listening situations, a person with a moderate hearing loss will miss 50-75% of speech. Most will comment that they can hear but not understand. This can cause a strain on social, family, and work relationships. In many cases, family members feel helpless not being able to communicate easily with their loved one. More recently, research is showing that moderate hearing loss can change how the brain processes speech if it is not improved through the use of appropriate, properly fitted amplification.
Hearing loss cannot be readily seen, but it can be very handicapping to both children and adults. It is often referred to as the “invisible handicap”. However, the effects of hearing loss on both children and adults can be visible and frustrating, impacting the ability to function appropriately and decreasing the quality of life. Communication is the most basic of all human attributes, and hearing loss directly impacts the ability to communicate effectively.
Hearing loss also affects relationships with family and friends, performance in a work setting, interaction with health professionals, and enjoyment of leisure and recreational activities. Communication is very important to our daily living. If you suspect that you or a loved one has hearing loss, make an appointment to see an audiologist.
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