Do I Need Hearing Aids For Mild Hearing Loss?

Do I Need Hearing Aids For Mild Hearing Loss?

Individuals with mild hearing loss often attempt to ignore or minimise any difficulties they experience. It is a common misconception that a mild loss of hearing does not benefit from further investigation or hearing aids.

Some people may not even be fully aware of their hearing problems. Still, with significant background noise, they may find their hearing loss impacts them more than usual.

People experiencing slight hearing loss can benefit from wearing hearing aids. Modern devices offer discreet innovative solutions to improve hearing and quality of life.

This guide will explore mild hearing loss, its impact, and how hearing aids can support people to hear better.

What is mild hearing loss?

Hearing loss is categorised by degrees from mild to profound. You can learn the degree of your hearing loss by consulting an audiologist for a hearing test carried out on an audiogram.

Mild hearing loss is diagnosed when an adult cannot hear sounds below their normal hearing range of 25dB (children at 15dB).

The first sounds that an adult may realise they cannot hear are quiet sounds like whispering, dripping taps or bird sounds. Most people lose their ability to hear high-frequency sounds first.

While people with a mild hearing impairment may hear a one-to-one conversation reasonably well, it can be much more complicated in a noisy environment. People often need to see the face of the person they are talking with to interpret their words more effectively.

In conversations, particularly in groups and social environments, people can hear the sound of the speech but cannot distinguish the meaning of the sounds. This often leads to mishearing words or filling in the gaps.

Some people may experience increased tiredness because their brain has to work so hard to make sense of conversations. It can also cause people to become isolated during group conversations.

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What are the causes of mild hearing loss?

The most frequent triggers of permanent hearing damage are ageing and exposure to extreme noises.

Some medical conditions cause hearing loss, such as otosclerosis, with abnormalities in the middle ear. Other conditions include head injuries, Meniere’s disease or genetic disorders. If your audiologist suspects an underlying cause for hearing loss, they will refer you to an ENT clinic at a hospital.

A buildup of ear wax can cause temporary hearing loss. An audiologist can arrange ear wax removal to relieve and solve the problem.

If your hearing loss occurs alongside pain, redness or discharge, you should see your GP as there may be an infection. Although infections are far more common in children, they can occur in adulthood.

How can hearing aids help mild hearing loss?

People with a mild hearing loss have a significant advantage when using hearing aids. They are often more effective if people start to wear them while their hearing loss is minor.

They aim to make sounds more precise and crisper even when noise is in the background. They are designed to amplify the sounds you need to hear.

Modern hearing aids have benefitted from improved technology that keeps them discreet and stylish. For minimal hearing loss, they can be surprisingly small.

Hearing aids will allow you to hear quieter sounds, such as bird songs, without straining or guessing words. They can improve your confidence and encourage you to be more sociable.

Modern hearing aids can also be fitted with Bluetooth technology to allow them to connect to your mobile phones, tablets and sound bars so you can enjoy clear sound directly into your ears.

As well as directly improving your hearing experiences, there are some other significant benefits of wearing hearing aids for mild hearing loss.

Other Benefits of Hearing Aids

The average wait time for people to seek help after realising they have difficulties with their hearing is seven years. During this period, their hearing loss will likely progress, and as hearing is linked so closely with brain function, it can cause the brain to forget how it hears sounds.

The earlier a person uses hearing aids, the more successful their brain will be at adapting and the better the hearing improvement.

Although ‘mild’ indicates that it is not severe, any form of hearing loss can be linked with a decline in cognitive abilities and dementia or Alzheimers.

Studies show that leaving hearing loss untreated increases the risk of developing declining cognitive related conditions.

Hearing loss is also associated with social isolation and depression due to difficulties with communication.

Seeking help quickly is the best way to improve hearing in the long term and rehabilitate your hearing.

How to choose appropriate hearing aids?

The greatest difficulty in choosing a hearing aid for mild hearing loss is a person’s lack of acceptance. Often people do not realise the extent of the challenges they are experiencing, and they fail to understand the incredible benefits they will receive.

Because of the stigma associated with hearing aids, there is a balance between choosing the best ones to provide a crisp, clear sound that will help with hearing speech, especially in a noisy environment, and being discreet.

It is always a good idea to take advice from your audiologist, who can recommend alternatives that will give you the best improvement for your circumstances and within your budget.

You will need to consider:

  • The extent of your hearing loss
  • The frequencies involved in your hearing loss
  • Your usual environments, including how social you are
  • Extras such as Bluetooth technology
  • In ear or over ear options
  • Your budget

Unlike wearing new glasses, you do not always get an immediate effect when wearing new hearing aids. It can take a period of adjustment for your brain to adjust to the improved sound. Being supported by an audiologist with regular checkups can help you adapt and get the best out of your new hearing aids.

If you are concerned about mild hearing loss. Please get in touch with us at Hearing Health Hub. Our audiologists have over 15 years of experience carrying out comprehensive hearing tests and offering personalised advice for treatment. We can dispense and fit a wide range of innovative hearing aids for every level of hearing loss.

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