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As audiologists we understand the vital importance of hearing for your wellbeing and quality of life. With COVID-19 restrictions, more are relying on telephones, video-chats, radio, and television for connecting. These all depend on good hearing. Some people with hearing loss are finding the current times particularly challenging. Also, following a conversation with someone wearing a facemask can be difficult for people with hearing loss.
People who treat their hearing loss with hearing aids are happier, healthier and wealthier compared to people who do not use hearing aids. These are results found in a report “hearing loss – numbers and costs” published by hear-it AISBL*.
A friend told me a story about a “stubborn” father. This friend, let’s call her Anne, was invited to a Christmas lunch. There were about 30 family and friends at the lunch, including the older parents of the host of the party and all their middle-age children. As the lunch progressed, the children started complaining about how stubborn their father was and how he wasn’t listening to anything they said. Anne, who has known me for many years, said she could “tell straight away that the father had trouble hearing”.
Grandparents and great-grandparents play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren. This is more so if they spend considerable time with them. During their time together they may do a range of activities. These include;
Everything you need to know about hearing loss; signs and symptoms, why you should have your hearing tested and available rebates, funding or compensation. Hearing loss is a common condition that affects an estimated 3.6 million Australians (2017 data). In Australia, hearing loss is the second most common health condition following musculoskeletal disease. In fact it is more common than asthma, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a unique type of hearing loss. Loud noise affects a particular high frequency part of the cochlear (inner ear) and can cause damage to both the sensory hair cells of the cochlear and the auditory nerves of the ear. Recent research indicates that exposure to loud noise can cause damage to the auditory nerves well before a hearing loss is identified on the hearing test; this is called ‘hidden hearing loss’.
Are you concentrating hard to hear and follow conversations?
If you’re reading this, you may suspect a friend or loved one may have some hearing loss. Some people with hearing loss will act quickly and do something about it but others can take a long time and may need some extra motivation.