ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hearing Impairment: An Underrated Topic

Updated on November 27, 2016

What is Hearing Impairment

Did you know that the 3 small bones in your ear, the stapes, malleus and incus, together are small enough to be placed on a penny? Did you know that your hearing can be damaged permanently even with a single extreme incident of loud noise? Hearing loss or impairment is an individual’s inability to hear from one or both ears. It could be temporary or permanent and further categorized as mild, moderate, moderate-severe, severe or profound. If the problem persists since childhood, it could affect the person’s ability to speak as well.

According to estimates released by the WHO in 2012, around 360 million in the world suffer from some form of hearing impairment, which is adds up to 5.3% of the total population of the world. The figure includes 328 million adults and 32 million children.

Causes & Types

The major causes of hearing impairment include genetics, birth complications, exposure to noise, ageing and some infections, medications or toxins. It can be confirmed when a person is unable to hear 25 decibels in either of the ears. In metropolitan cities in India, including Bangalore, the best ENT specialists recommend a hearing test for all newborns.

Hearing impairment can be categorized in three types:

  1. Conductive hearing loss, which occurs due to problems with the ear drum, ear canal and ear bones.
  2. Sensorineural hearing loss, which occurs due to acoustic trauma, head trauma or meniere’s disease.

Mixed hearing loss, which is a combination of above mentioned types, is caused by damage to the middle, inner or outer ear and auditory nerve.

Emotional and Social Impact of Hearing Disorder

When you suffer from significant hearing loss and do not let people know about it, they might find you arrogant on not paying attention to their important statements. Individuals with hearing disorders deal with stress and fatigue most of their lives. They might even develop a negative attitude, becoming prone to irritability and anger. This is why it is important to address the problem as soon as possible and find the treatment, say some of the best ENT specialists in Bangalore. Hearing loss can occur at any age and should not be linked only to old age.

As stated by some experts, people don’t realize the effect of noise on their entire body. Instead of looking for solution, they will adjust themselves living next to a place full of loud noise and vehicles honking. The information is well illustrated in an article published in The Times of India on June 9, 2016. Loud music is one of the major reasons of police complaints around the world

Are Hearing Disorders Avoidable?

According to the WHO, around 60% hearing impairment cases can be prevented by immunization against different types of diseases, along with controlling noise pollution and managing the use of some medicines, according to a news article in The Times of India in March 2016. In India, it is estimated that around 6.3% of the total population suffers from speech and hearing impairment, including 50 lakh children.

A leading ENT specialist in Bangalore suggested that controlling chronic infection and sound pollution, along with good healthcare system is the most effective treatment for nerve deafness, which is induced by sound pollution and conductive deafness which is generated by poor hygiene. Hearing impairment can be prevented if detected at an early stage along with a constant control on noise pollution. Screening programs for infants and school students, along with proper hearing care training, will alter people’s thinking about hearing loss. The WHO recommends limited use of personal audio players to almost an hour in the whole day as the major action to prevent hearing disorders.

Always compare the dB ratings and look for low noise products. Beware of hazardous noise like music concerts, firecrackers and NASCAR. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, sign language, subtitles and lip reading are most useful technique to overcome the loss.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)