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Facts about hearing

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Hearing Loss

1 in 6 adults experience some degree of Hearing Loss

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What is Hearing Loss?

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Hearing loss typically means we cannot detect particular sounds compared to those without a hearing loss.

Of course, there are many degrees of hearing loss severity. The important thing to remember is that no matter the degree, this can be addressed.

Hearing loss – recognising the signs:
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Do you have difficulty following conversation in noisy environments?

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Do you find yourself swapping the ear you hold the phone to in order to hear better?

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Do you have trouble hearing the TV and radio at a volume others can?

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Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can occur at any age, for any number of reasons and those it affects have their own particular story to tell. But in general there are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural or mixed (which is a combination of both).

The general and most common causes of hearing loss are age and over exposure to loud noise. However, hearing loss can also occur:

  • as a result of infection during gestation
  • through infection
  • after a head injury
  • if the eardrum is perforated
  • as a result of some cancer treatments
  • as a result of taking certain medications

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Degrees of Hearing Loss

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It’s a fact that 1 out of 6 people over the age of 50 have trouble hearing and require some help with amplification of sounds. Hearing loss ranges from mild loss to moderate, severe and to profound.

When we have a mild hearing loss, our ability to understand speech diminishes. For those people who have a profound hearing loss, speech understanding is not possible.

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At every level many types of sounds become more difficult or sometimes impossible to hear – sounds like birds singing, soft voices, appliances like the telephone become difficult to hear.

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Signs and Symptoms

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Do you recognise yourself?

Imagine dining in a busy restaurant. In the background there are dishes clattering, chairs scraping, people talking and laughing, and waiters rushing about. You are straining to follow what is happening at your table – and the effort of doing this is starting to make you feel more and more tired.

Eventually, you start pretending you can hear. You nod, look interested and laugh with the crowd even though you did not get the jokes. You begin to feel left out. When you leave the restaurant it is with a throbbing headache, disappointment and no plans to repeat the experience anytime soon.

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3 Steps to Better Hearing

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Fortunately, there are many modern hearing care options. If, after consultation with a hearing care professional, you need to consider hearing aids, todays solutions are sophisticated, discreet and easy to use. Hearing solutions are designed specifically with your needs in mind and are an important step to empower you to participate actively and confidently in all aspects of life.

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Diagnose

At the visit, the hearing care professional will determine the type and degree of your hearing loss.

If you have any medical issues, they will send you to see your local doctor.

 

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Choose your solution

Once the nature of your hearing loss is established, your hearing care professional may present you with a number of hearing solutions to suit your lifestyle and hearing loss.

 

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Fitting and adjustment

Once your hearing aids are fitted, your hearing care professional will adjust and fine tune them to suit your individual needs.

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Why Treat Hearing Loss

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Our hearing is the key to actively participating in the world around us and untreated hearing loss can have a huge impact on our lives.

When hearing loss occurs, reactions to the situation vary. Living with an unaddressed hearing loss can often lead to social isolation, we feel tired just trying to live our everyday lives in the same way we once did when we could hear. Sometimes a loss of hearing can affect us both mentally and physically, if we isolate ourselves it could lead us to missing out on our activities and our interactions with our friends and family, we may feel lonely and left out.

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It is important to break this negative cycle and get your hearing assessed if you recognise this pattern.

The earlier you begin to address your hearing loss, the better the chance of being able to retain many of the recognised “sound pictures” that our brain learns and stores from birth that help us quickly “get the picture” of a situation.

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