Hearing loss

' The sooner you recognise the symptoms the better your quality of life can beg.'

The first step towards improving the vibrancy of sound for you is to recognise a hearing loss in either yourself or someone close to you.

Since hearing loss can develop over several years, it can often be difficult to recognise the extent of our hearing loss until family and friends bring it to our attention. This is not an uncommon occurrence and it’s often a natural reaction to deny any hearing difficulty.

But the sooner you recognise the symptoms the better your quality of life can be.

Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty hearing in group settings or at public gatherings
  • Effort understanding conversations on the telephone
  • Trouble hearing high-pitched sounds, such as the voices of women and children

With approximately 1 in 6 Australians experiencing some level of hearing loss it can help to know you are not alone. If you’ve ever found yourself doing the following, you could potentially be experiencing mild hearing loss.

  • Turning up the volume on the TV to a level that family and friends mention it is too loud
  • Regularly asking people to repeat themselves or to speak more loudly
  • Avoiding social situations such as restaurants or parties, where noise can make it difficult to hear
  • Turning your head to one side while listening
  • It seems like everyone is mumbling or not talking clearly.

While these habits can be effective coping mechanisms, as the hearing loss progresses the above techniques will no longer allow you to experience a range of sounds.

How do we test your hearing?

As hearing loss often happens gradually it can sneak up on you without recognising. To minimise the impact, getting expert advice as soon as possible is the best way to keep you hearing the joy in every moment. If you’ve recognised any of the potential signs above perhaps it’s time to consider a hearing test to get a conclusive hearing evaluation. When you come into the clinic we’ll make you feel comfortable and we will begin with some discussion about your hearing and a brief medical history. The simple and painless test itself will be performed by one of our qualified audiologists. After a visual examination of the ear, the hearing test will take place, which is put together to determine if hearing loss is present, and to what degree. The consultation itself will generally take between 30 minutes to one hour. The audiologist will then take into consideration your level of hearing loss, hearing needs and lifestyle to recommend an appropriate plan moving forward.

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Who should have a hearing test?

  1. People over the age of 55
  2. History of noise exposure (industrial or recreational)
  3. A family history of hearing loss
  4. Those with Diabetes, Type I or II or cardiovascular disease
  5. Anyone who uses ototoxic medication (such as cancer treatment medication, other strong medication types)
  6. Anyone who suspects they may have some hearing loss