Types, Severity, and Measurement of Hearing Loss

Types, Severity, and Measurement of Hearing Loss

Are you aware that hearing loss is more common than it is thought to be? Figures indicate that one in every six Australian suffers from some form of hearing loss and this number is projected to increase by 2050. However, awareness and addressing the problem on time can help you take appropriate action and deal with the problem effectively. Read on to understand what exactly is hearing loss and when you should seek advice. Hearing impairment refers to the inability of an individual to hear and can be temporary, permanent, partial or complete. A common concern, hearing loss can affect…
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The Negative Aspects of Untreated Hearing Loss

The Negative Aspects of Untreated Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is defined as the complete or partial inability to hear sounds in one or both of the ears. It may occur as a gradual process and leads to a deterioration in the capacity to hear sounds clearly. In fact, an individual may initially not even notice the decline in the ability to hear or follow conversations. There are also people who may be aware but reluctant to seek help. However, hearing loss has a range of consequences and immensely impacts the quality of life. It negatively affects the manner in which an individual interacts with family or friends…
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A Guide to Healthy Hearing

A Guide to Healthy Hearing

The ear is one of the five sensory organs that keep you connected to your immediate environment. Your hearing is the connection to what’s going on around you. If you can see or feel but can’t hear well, it’s difficult to be fully aware of the circumstances around you. Instances of hearing impairment are rising across the world. Most people are reluctant to accept the reality as hearing loss is often considered an indication of aging. In fact, there are several things you should know about hearing. Entitled with the right information, you can prevent hearing loss or take the…
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Top 5 Most Reputable Hearing Aid Brands

Top 5 Most Reputable Hearing Aid Brands

Hearing impairment is the partial or complete inability to hear and impacts scores of people across the world. Hearing loss can result from a number of factors like age, infection or an injury to the ear. It affects all aspects of life and can even have a psychological impact if left untreated. Hearing impairment damages the hair cells in the inner ear and there is no way to bring them back. However, the use of hearing aids can significantly improve the ability of an individual to hear. A hearing aid is a simple device that amplifies a sound making them…
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The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia: Can Hearing Aids can Reduce the Risk?

The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia: Can Hearing Aids can Reduce the Risk?

The term hearing loss is used to define a range of hearing impairments from mild to severe which can be experienced by people of all ages. However, hearing loss is more pronounced in the older population and is primarily caused by age-related damage to the cochlea. It is, in fact, one of the most common disorders and impacts a large section of the ageing population. The symptoms of hearing loss start gradually, and it may even take years for the condition to be diagnosed. Characterized by the loss of receptor cells in the ear, hearing loss occurs when the neural…
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Will my hearing get worse if I don’t wear a hearing aid?

Will my hearing get worse if I don’t wear a hearing aid?

We are asked this question quite a lot, both by people who don’t own hearing aids and those that wear hearing aids part-time. The direct answer to this is no. When you have a hearing loss you lose the ability to hear soft sounds. This ability to pick up sounds wont deteriorate faster whether you use a hearing aid or not. BUT if you have a hearing loss and don’t wear hearing aids the ability of your ears to understand speech is likely to get worse more rapidly. If you have any level of hearing loss, your ears are missing…
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Can I wear my hearing aids in the rain and outdoors?

Can I wear my hearing aids in the rain and outdoors?

This is a question that we are asked at nearly every hearing aid fitting appointment, especially when we start to talk about how moisture is harmful for hearing aids. Hearing aids are electronic devices so water can be a serious enemy; definitely take them out for heavy rain, pools and showers! Fortunately most hearing aids on the market these days are moisture-proof. This means that sporadic exposure to a reasonable amount of sweat from exercise or a few minutes in typical rain shouldn’t damage your hearing aids. Nonetheless if you find yourself caught out in a downpour of torrential rain…
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The top 5 smartphone apps for hearing help

The top 5 smartphone apps for hearing help

Facetime/Skype Anyone with a hearing loss will tell you that it can be really difficult to hear on the phone even with hearing aids. The main reason for this is that we can hear the person but we can’t see them. When you lose visual cues, it becomes more difficult to understand what has been said. Using Facetime or Skype video calls will give you back this crucial visual information. Some hearing aids also have Bluetooth streaming. So with this app, you will be able to see the person and also hear the voice directly through both hearing aids. For…
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Top 3 ways to hear the TV more clearly

Top 3 ways to hear the TV more clearly

For many people with hearing loss, hearing the TV is a real problem. Only certain programs can be heard clearly such as the news or films. When it comes to modern shows such us a favourite comedy (we are talking to you lovers of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’!), it becomes a guessing game. Filling in the gaps is tiring and disheartening. Family members will often abandon you to watch TV alone, unable to stand the blaring volume. So what can be done? The trouble with hearing loss is that speech becomes unclear. It feels as though everyone is mumbling. It is…
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How much does your GP know about hearing and hearing aids?

How much does your GP know about hearing and hearing aids?

Many people report that their GP has told them that their hearing is ‘fine’ and they don’t need to get hearing aids. They may even be told that hearing aids don’t work and are a waste of money. Why does this happen and who should you believe? The GP or the Audiologist? Let’s take a closer look. HOW MUCH DO GPS LEARN ABOUT HEARING AND HEARING AIDS? GPs are obviously well trained, highly respected and the go-to person for all your general health concerns. However, during their training, there are many topics to cover. As a result, a non-life threatening…
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