One of the more challenging listening situations for individuals with a hearing loss is trying to communicate in a restaurant. Even the most elegant restaurants tend to be on the noisy side. Numerous conversations are going on all around you, dishes and silverware are constantly clanging and music is playing in the background. And being in a seated position eliminates your ability to move closer to the person or persons you want to hear.
Plan ahead by picking a quieter restaurant. For example, unless you’re content to read the captioning on the televisions, avoid sports bars.
Try to find carpeted restaurants that have chairs with rollers on the legs (helps to prevent an annoying scraping sound when they are moved), plants, and sound absorbent materials on the tables and walls.
Make reservations ahead of time, and ask for accommodations.
Go to your favourite restaurants, so you already know their specialities and options, such as choices of salad dressings or side dishes.
Look on the restaurants website to preview the menu.
Choose to dine with a smaller number of dining partners.
Pick a table in the least noisy part of the restaurant (e.g., away from the kitchen, bar, wait service stations, etc.).
Ask for seating in a well-lit area.
Remember that even people with normal hearing experience greater difficulty in a noisy listening environment than they do in a quiet listening environment. So, dont expect to do as well with your hearing aids in the noisy restaurant as you do in the quiet of your home.
Sit with your back to the window, so that lighting is on the speakers face, not in your eyes.
Request that staff turn down background music (you are probably not the only patron bothered by the volume of the music).
When possible, indicate choices before youre asked. Examples: Id like a salad with Italian dressing or I would like a burger, no fries.
Ask the waiter/waitress for a printed list of the specials of the day.
If restaurant dining is for business, request to meet in a quieter location.
Enjoying the company of your friends and family is important to your well being. By following the tips above and with a little pre-planning, dining out can be more of a pleasure and less of a burden. Do all that you can to ensure that your dining experience, at least the listening part is a great one.


Anyone getting into the drivers seat in a  car has a tremendous responsibility. Responsible for ones own as well as the passengers and the pedestrians .Most us believe that as long as we can see the road, we are safe drivers. Well, that is not true. Your hearing plays a  crucial role. We hear potential danger before seeing it. So yes, untreated hearing loss and driving may not be a  good combination.

Hearing aids can help tremendously not only to improve your quality of life but also be a  better and safer driver. You will now hear the ambulance siren, or the car reversing sensor while reversing out of the parking lot.

Keep conversations quite and to a minimum while driving. Make that phone call when driving rather than straining to hear the speaker louder . In short keep distractions to a minimum.

Turn down that music in the car and possibly windows rolled up. Be visually more alert. Because if your hearing is not that great visual cues are even more important. Untreated hearing loss makes it difficult to gauge the relative distance of moving vehicle, so using your eyes carefully becomes even more important. Investing in a   larger rear view mirror may be beneficial too.

Modern hearing aids can reduce background noise, are discreet and easy to use.


If you believe you’re suffering from hearing loss please call ‘My Audiologist’ located in Wellington Point QLD at 07 34465845 to schedule an appointment today. We are local independent hearing clinic .



”I can look directly at someone, nod when they are talking, may be even throw in a ‘yeah’ and still not hear a  single word they said…….’

Studies have shown that people with hearing loss lose cognitive function much faster than those without it. But in Australia, the average person diagnosed with hearing loss will take between seven and 10 years to act on it.He’ll get away with it for many of those years, because hearing loss is invisible. He may get grumpy and strain to hear, he may accuse others of mumbling, but he will often smile and nod and few will pick it up.He won’t know that his hearing is linked to his brain function and that what he’s not using, he’s losing.


If you suspect hearing loss take action now. Call My Audiologist on 07 3446 5845


Dementia (memory loss,confusion,difficulty in thinking and decision making,decline in everyday skills, forgetting words to communicate etc) and hearing loss(misunderstanding what people say,asking repeats,loud TV,not hearing phone ring,direction of noise source,having to concentrate while listening etc). For number of years it was never thought of that there perhaps could be a  correlation between these two- dementia and hearing loss. But newer research shows concrete evidence pointing to the fact that if you have hearing loss rectify that earlier to prevent risk of developing cognitive issues and dementia. there are essentially four theories how hearing loss can lead to dementia :

  1. common physiological pathway that contribute to both hearing loss and dementia.
  2. Cognitive overload- constant strain to understand conversation stresses the brain. Speech encoding resources in brain are used elsewhere eventually reducing brain resilience.
  3. Untreated hearing loss effects brain structure in a  way that contribute to cognitive problems. Imaging studies now prove the change / shrinkage in brain cell. It is worth noting that brain cell changes start long before dementia is officially diagnosed. Rectifying hearing loss using hearing aids may allow the brain structures to recover previous size and function. Studies are ongoing.
  4. Social isolation. If one has to constantly make guesses and nod occasionally hoping that wasn’t a  question that was asked can be exhausting. Human nature- what do you do. One then avoids being in social scenario, go out to restaurant for a  nice meal, family is over for a  barbecue you decide to read the newspaper,  avoid movies etc. This social isolation  leads to cognitive decline and dementia.It is evident that proper diagnosis and management of hearing loss including hearing aids will educe the risk and impact of dementia and also associated co morbidity such as falls and depression. Newer studies point to the fact that if a cognitive reserve is built earlier meaning if brains networks are strengthened , it could continue to function in later life regardless of the damage. Lifestyle plays an important role. No smoking,keeping healthy,sleep hygiene,  exercise,treating high BP, diabetes and cardio vascular diseases.

    If you are worried about hearing loss or dementia, it is best to speak to your GP who will then refer you to ‘My Audiologist’ clinic  for further investigation. Raji Parangad works closely with local GP’s, ENT’s and Neurologists for best possible outcome for our patients.  Call My Audiologist on 07 34465845 today to make an appointment to get your hearing checked


‘I can look directly at someone, nod when they are talking, may be even throw in a ‘yeah’ and still not hear a  single word they said…….

Does that sound familiar…That blaring loud TV, constantly having to repeat or raise voice to be heard, not wanting to be in social scenario for the fear of obvious. … Well when you are going through this you are not alone. Your partner or significant other is going through this with you . Untreated hearing loss isolates you are partners and significant others. The impact could be deep. You both experience frustration, anger and upset. Partners of individual with untreated hearing loss often complain that acting as an interpreter, handling every telephone call, constant repeating and avoiding misunderstanding is exhausting to say the least.

As someone wise said ‘ Today will never come again. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care.Let your words heal and not wound’.

With modern hearing aids one can easily rectify this situation. Easy to use and wear. Why stumble through life trying to bluff something while every one knows you have  a problem.


Call ‘My Audiologist” on 07 34465845 to arrange an appointment. This is a  local, independent complete hearing care clinic located in Brisbane Bay side suburb of Wellington Point. After hour appointment and week end appointments available.



That incredible invention ‘app’ which allows us to do lot of tasks on our devices have become an indispensable tool. So the benefit of an app for noise measurement is nothing new to write home about. The US office of Naval research have recently  developed an app to assist Navy personnel s to learn more about hearing protection. No doubt noise is part and parcel of the job. Hearing loss and tinnitus a  major bi product . This has led to lots of claims for Department of Veterans Affair (DVA)

The app is named Warfighters Hearing Health Instructional Primer (WHHIP). The app helps in better understanding of hearing risks and proper selection of ear protective device(ear plugs Vs Ear muff). It is useful in getting answers to hearing health and well being using personal device.

There you go. Your phone can now help you with ear hygiene.

Exposed to noise be it work or recreation .. get your ears tested to make sure they are in top condition. Call ‘My Audiologist” on 07 34465845 to arrange an appointment. This is a  local, independent complete hearing care clinic located in Brisbane Bay side suburb of Wellington Point. After hour appointment and week end appointments available.


Better treatment outcome can be expected if you have  a better knowledge regarding your hearing system. This will help you not only to understand the pathology behind the hearing loss or tinnitus but also make an informed choice. This is why at ‘My Audiologist’ we take the time to discuss the result with you in simple English. Lets us take take a  quiz and see how much do we actually know about the hearing system :

  1. Injuries to the pinna/outer ear has no impact on hearing . Answer is it has. The outer ear acts as a  funnel which channels the sounds into the ear. So a  damage here could have an effect on your hearing.
  2. Types of hearing loss: conductive, sensory neural or mixed.
  3. Only seniors suffer from hearing loss- NOT true. Noise,genetics, some medications, injuries can cause hearing loss to name a  few and no it doesn’t discriminate based on age, race or colour.
  4. Can you diagnose hearing loss based on an online free hearing test. Answer is NO. A hearing health care professional – Audiologist can.
  5. What is the most common cause of hearing loss- Noise. Hence ear protection is a  must.

The way you test your eyes to keep it in good condition. Test your hearing too. Call ‘My Audiologist” on 07 34465845 to arrange an appointment. This is a  local, independent complete hearing care clinic located in Brisbane Bay side suburb of Wellington Point. After hour appointment and week end appointments available.


Ear wax is a natural secretion which protects the ears from dust, bad bacteria and foreign body.

So why do some people constantly suffer from excessive cerumen  than others? Well it could be any one of the following reasons:

.narrow ear canals

.frequently putting the cotton buds in the ears

.hairy ear canals

. dry ear wax

.overproduction on ear wax

.swimmers ears etc

So what are the symptoms of wax build up : Earache, hearing loss,itchiness in ears,tinnitus etc.

What can I do about this : Ear was basically is self cleaning. So do nothing. If it has reached a  state where it is causing you discomfort of hearing loss then it needs to be be softened first . Using ear wax drops from the chemist. Do not do this if you have perforated ear drum. Talk to your doctor. Get a  professional to remove it for you . No please do not attempt to do this at home.

Points to remember : It is easier to remove the wax if it is soft and moist. Hence using ear wax drops that softens the wax for at least 4-5 days before your visit to the doctor is advisable. Spray based wax solutions are better and give better outcome according to newer studies.


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When something blocks sounds from effectively reaching the inner part of the ear- that is called’ conductive hearing loss’. There is  a problem in sound conduction. Cause could be an ear infection, exostoses (bony growth in ear canal), Eustachian tube functioning being poor,eardrum perforation,impacted ear wax, foreign body in the ear canal,absent or malformed outer ear etc.

What are the treatment options : Surgery if appropriate, medications like antibiotics in case on an infection or hearing aids.

For more information or to organise an appointment call ‘My Audiologist’ on 07 34465845


Effects of untreated hearing on partners and significant others…putting up with that blaring television ,consistently have to repeat themselves or raise their voice to be heard and surprising study findings that partners also become socially isolated along with the individual with a hearing loss. Having to attend social events alone as their deaf spouse withdraws over fears they will be unable to hear and the impact could be deep. While those with hearing loss suffer (needless) embarrassment, worry and fear of rejection. It was clear from recent studies that both hearing impaired individual and their partners experience frustration, anger and upset. The Partners of people with hearing loss said that acting as an interpreter, handling every telephone call, raising their voice, repeating words and avoiding misunderstandings is exhausting.

Hearing loss is generally completely treatable, modern hearing aids are pretty  exceptional. They are easy to use, easy to wear and they pretty much do what they are supposed to. So why would anyone put up with frustration, loss and emotional pain in their life? It is more embarrassing  to stumble through life trying to bluff something while everyone knows you have a problem?

Why would you inflict frustration, loss and sadness on a loved one?  why? You are trouble hearing… do something about it….


Call My Audiologist on 07 34465845. Your local independent Audiologist…..


Have you given it any thought if your hearing loss affect your ability to drive safely? Hearing loss, while often inconvenient and frustrating, can also be quite risky when you are behind the wheel of a car. You may be unable to hear someone honking or yelling at you to possibly get out of the way of danger. The sound cues we normally rely on while driving, such as horn honking or the ringing of a bicycle bell, become a lot harder to detect with hearing loss and they could even go unnoticed. We want to share some things that can help you to navigate the road safely if you’re hard of hearing.

Get your hearing treated. This is the best way to help you drive safely. If you haven’t had your hearing checked get an audiogram, and if you  need hearing aids, this will greatly increase your hearing and safety on the road.Not only can hearing aids amplify the important sounds you hear on the road, they can also keep your auditory system healthy so your brain doesn’t forget how to interpret other sounds in your environment. If you already wear hearing aids, make sure you always wear them while operating a vehicle and continue to get regular hearing aid checkups.Today’s hearing aids are technological marvels, with sensitive microphones designed to discriminate between speech and background noises.

Avoid distractions. Do not try to multitask while on the road. Put down the phone! It’s a widely known fact that texting and driving can lead to accidents, and trying to talk on the phone can be extremely distracting because you’re busy straining to hear what the person on the phone is saying. If you’re in a situation where you need to call someone or address a situation, pull over and deal with it before attempting to do so while driving. Ask passengers to keep the conversation quiet and to a minimum. While it’s always fun to be part of the conversation, participating in any activity other than driving means your attention isn’t fully focused on the road. Keep the car window closed to minimise road noise. Today’s vehicles are built to reduce road noise, which is good news for those with hearing loss. Anytime you can reduce the variety of noises competing for your attention, the better you’ll be able to hear the ones you need to.

Keep the music down. Not only does loud music damage your hearing, but it’s also a big distraction that makes it impossible to hear sound cues from the outside environment. Loud music can cause you to miss ambulance or police car sirens that are near by. These are noises you do not want to miss in case you need to move your car out of the way.

Pay attention visually. It’s always important to keep your eyes on the road, but if you suffer from hearing loss, it’s extra important because you need to use visual cues to make sense of your external environment. Pay close attention to traffic signals and always use your rear view mirror. Hearing loss makes it harder to pinpoint the relative distance of moving vehicles, so using your eyes carefully is important for protecting yourself and those around you. Consider investing in a larger rear view mirror.

If you believe you’re suffering from hearing loss please call ‘My Audiologist’ located in Wellington Point QLD at 07 34465845 to schedule an appointment today.

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