Recognise the signs

' Bring your loved one in so we can check their hearing.'

Hearing loss can be caused by many different factors, but the most common causes develop with age or through exposure to excessively loud noise. As hearing loss progresses over time it can help to recognise the early signs to ensure your quality of life remains the same.

Signs of hearing loss

Hearing loss can be different for every individual. It can affect different frequencies of sound by varying amounts. You might find it hard to hear a conversation in a noisy environment where background noise is interfering but in a quieter environment, you are not as affected.

If you think that your hearing might not be what it used to be, or you believe a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss consider making an appointment for a hearing test. Pensioners and veterans have access to a free hearing test via the Office of HearingĀ .

Types of hearing loss

As the third most common physical disorder, behind arthristis and heart disease, hearing loss is a phenomenon affecting everyone from newborns to the elderly. Although some causes of hearing loss are permanent and untreatable, others can be treated or prevented.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss account for around 10% of hearing losses and are due to a problem with the passage of sound through the outer ear or middle ear.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss | Nerve Deafness

Sensorineural hearing loss, or nerve deafness, originates in the inner ear.

Noise-induced hearing loss

Despite great awareness around ear protection on noisy work sites every day millions of Australians are exposing themselves to noise levels that will likely lead to long-term damage to their hearing. Damage is caused to the sensitive hairs in the ears.

Ageing

The natural ageing process can cause gradual changes to your hearing over a long period. It is usually caused by the tiny sensitive hairs in the ears being damaged or dying due to old age.

Medical Conditions

Some people are born deaf or can begin to lose their hearing over time because of genetic factors.

Illness

Viral infections of the inner ear and surrounding tissues can all contribute to a loss of hearing, especially if the sensitive nerves are damaged.

Trauma Injury

Injury to the ear or canal through trauma can cause bleeding and infection which may result in temporary or permanent hearing loss. A change in air pressure such as when scuba diving or on an aeroplane can cause fluid imbalance or bleeding which can also lead to hearing loss.

Tumours

A tumour or growth in or around the ear can disrupt the delicate balance of the `sensitive membranes of the ear, and cause either temporary or permeant hearing loss.

If you believe you may be experiencing a level of hearing loss come and see the friendly team at The Hearing Clinic.