Understanding hearing loss

Hearing loss can affect anyone, young and old. The key is to understand your condition and seek professional help from a Hearing Specialist.

Do you know the signs of hearing loss?

Sounds may seem loud enough, but not clear. Quiet sounds such as birdsong or people talking in another room are harder to hear now than they were before.

Some voices are easier to hear than others. Talking in groups and being able to follow what is being said is getting harder and harder for you. When you are in crowded areas, you often have to ask people to repeat what they have just said.

What might cause a hearing loss

Being exposed to everyday noises, such as listening to loud music, being in a noisy environment, or using a lawn mower, drilling or other noisy tools, can lead to gradual hearing loss over the years.

More often than not tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) will go along with the hearing loss and may be just as tiring as the hearing loss itself.

Hearing loss can also be caused by earwax buildup, an object in the ear, ear infection, a ruptured eardrum, and other conditions that affect the ear.

How well do you hear? Ask yourself these questions

  • TV never loud enough?

    Do you need to have the TV, or radio, turned up louder than other people?
  • Can't hear in noisy places?

    Do you have difficulty hearing what is said, when there is a lot of background noise and have to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Stopped answering the phone?

    Do you find it hard to understand what people are saying on the phone or fail to to hear the doorbell sometimes?
  • Have you heard the birds chirping lately?

    Do you find it difficult to hear high pitched sounds, like children’s voices or when did you last notice the birds chirping?
  • Hearing sounds from a distance

    Do you miss out on hearing sounds from a distance, like announcements at the train station, the shopping mall or a car or bus getting closer?
  • Where is the sound coming from?

    Do you find it difficult to work out which direction sounds are coming from?

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