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The facts on bilateral hearing loss

Affecting both ears, bilateral hearing loss is subtle. It may be symmetric or asymmetric and takes place gently over time. Hearing aids and devices can be of great help.

Understanding bilateral hearing loss

As a type of hearing loss that often occurs gradually over time, bilateral hearing loss can be difficult to identify. This type of hearing loss affects both ears and can be caused by a variety of factors, including the aging process, loud noises, physical damage or blockage, infections and specific medications. It is generally a subtle decline in hearing abilities but can also come on suddenly. Unsure if you’re dealing with bilateral hearing loss? Some tell-tale signs include:
  • Turning up the TV too loud
  • Struggling to hear speech clearly, especially in noisy places
  • Muffled hearing
  • Reduced hearing in both ears
If you believe you may be experiencing bilateral hearing loss, contacting a Hearing Care Professional is your best bet. You can also do a complimentary online screening to get a first impression of your hearing abilities
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Reading the signs

Since we’re all so different, ears included, identifying a hearing loss issue can be tricky. Whether it’s in one ear or two, occurring suddenly or gradually, and a slight inconvenience or major roadblock for you, one thing’s for sure: The faster you can identify the problem, the faster you’ll be on a path to better hearing. Read more on the signs of hearing loss and take your first step on the road to recovery.
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Identifying your level

In addition to recognizing the overall signs of hearing loss, determining how extreme the damage to your ears is can also help you better identify the correct treatment. From mild to profound, read more on the different levels of hearing loss and take action to take back your hearing today.
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Addressing the issue

Finding the proper treatment for bilateral hearing loss depends on the cause. For some, surgery to address damage may be required. For others, something as simple as targeting the source, such as earwax, may do the trick. Hearing aids can also be a great way to address permanent hearing loss. To find out the best course of action, we recommend reaching out to a Hearing Care Professional for a proper consultation. From there, you’ll be able to find the right solution together.
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Bilateral hearing loss: FAQ

Can bilateral hearing loss be cured?

Some cases of bilateral hearing loss can indeed be cured by surgery. Others can be significantly alleviated by the use of hearing aids.

Is bilateral hearing loss considered a disability?

Severe hearing loss is indeed considered a disability under the Social Security Disability Act, but you must prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you meet all eligibility requirements in order to receive Social Security Disability (SSD). 

Can young people suffer from bilateral hearing loss?

Astonishingly, 1 out of 5 teenagers suffer from hearing loss due to listening to loud music, especially with earbuds on their smartphones or noisy venues, such as nightclubs or sports arenas. 

What does bilateral mean in hearing?

Bilateral is just another way of saying “on both sides.” This means both ears are affected. Your brain needs input from both sides in order to localize sounds.

Do hearing aids help with bilateral hearing loss?

Yes. Excitingly, there are more and more innovations in hearing aids every day. Right now, there are 4 basic types of hearing aids available. Consult with your doctor or a Hearing Care Professional for more information.

What’s the difference between bilateral and unilateral hearing loss?

Unilateral means that only one ear is affected. Bilateral means that both ears are affected.

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