Hearing loss has no age limit. Deafness or hearing impairment may result because of genetics, complications at birth, certain contagious diseases, chronic ear infections, usage of drugs, exposure to excessive noise, or aging.
Hearing impairment can create a massive impact on a person’s life, both physically and emotionally. Hearing loss has been linked to stress, depression, loneliness, reduced job performance, and diminishing physical or mental health in adults. Hearing loss in grown-ups occurs gradually and therefore goes unseen. They stop communicating or withdraw from social engagements as they fail to understand what is being uttered.
Hearing loss detected in the early years of a child can have severe influences on the child’s overall growth. It causes delays in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills.
A mild degree of hearing impairment, if left untreated, can affect a person’s daily life massively. Someone with a moderate hearing impairment cannot hear sounds softer than 40 – 70 dB. This suggests they may be unable to listen to sounds like a normal conversation or the ringing of a telephone. In some cases, hearing impairment may cause psychological disorders.