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Can Hearing Aids Help Mild Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is categorized by degrees - find out if a mild loss is significant enough to warrant treatment.

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Can hearing aids help with mild hearing loss. That's our topic today on Ask the Hearing Doctors. 

 

Hi, I'm Jim Cuddy and this is Ask the Hearing Doctors. And I'm joined today by Dr. Ana Anzola, doctor of audiology with Hearing Doctors. The Washington, D.C. area's highest rated audiology practice with over 1500, 5-star reviews. Ana, great to see you as always.

 

Great to see you, too.

 

So what is considered mild hearing loss?

 

Sure. So by definition, a mild hearing loss is considered a deficit at 25 decibels up to 40 decibels or DB.

 

To understand it better. What types of things might I be missing if I have mild hearing loss?

 

Well in this kind of tricky, right because at such a low level one may not be the one experiencing those type of changes. But you could say if I'm not listening to the birds or hearing the birds as well as I used to, or whispers as if somebody leans over to say something to me, perhaps on the phone now it's not as clear as it used to be or in a restaurant with a lot of background noise.

 

So you could be potentially missing out on conversations in a situation like that. What other things could you really be missing out on? And you might not even be aware of it.

 

Good relationships because it's going to affect somebody's relationship with somebody else. You're missing out on conversations, but asking what too many times. And asking to put up the television volume a little higher than others. So that could be potentially a problem. Not so much for you, but for others. Right? And so it starts to affect other people sooner.

 

Those are signs then for somebody. If all of a sudden somebody is asking you or if you're asking somebody to speak up a lot, a lot, a lot like it's probably time to get your ears checked.

 

Yeah. Or repetition, right? Are you asking for that?

 

But if you only have mild hearing loss, what are the impacts? I mean, I would imagine it's not as devastating as with significant hearing loss.

 

Sure. But then we're looking more and more into the cognitive health or somebody's well-being. Right. And so so our structures in our auditory pathways can be impacted. And you're not even knowing. So we always recommend if at the age of 50 you haven't had your first hearing test, it is always a great idea to have a baseline. Maybe you don't need hearing devices or treatment with some sort of, you know, like a special phone or something like that.

 

But maybe having a conversation with the audiologist or the hearing health care professional and talk about compensatory strategies. And if you have a baseline, then we always can go on from there. Maybe you get to see us every six months or every you know, every year, every 12 months or something like that. So we were talking about the adults, but what about that child who suffers from a mild hearing loss? And even at a mild, by definition, a mild hearing loss can impact their their communication or their knowledge, their emotional well-being. Or developmental struggles.

 

And as we've talked about in the past with hearing loss and cognitive health, and we've always kind of thought about it or talked about it when we're talking about people that have significant hearing loss. But this becomes an issue even with mild hearing loss.

 

Yeah. So if the brain is getting only partial information, then the brain struggles more than it has to. And it will impact your ability to interact with someone. So what we want is better engagement or an improvement on engagements and the ability to listen effortlessly.

 

So if you have any of these signs that we talked about before. The important thing is to get tested. Yes. Especially if you're 50 years old and you haven't been tested yet. My goodness, what are you waiting for? But that way you just get to enjoy life.

 

Exactly.

 

Ana, thank you so much.

 

Thank you so much.

 

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