I THINK I HAVE HEARING LOSS

  • Has your hearing changed?
  • Understanding your hearing
  • Where to from here?

Perfect hearing is when all the sounds and speech around you can be heard exactly as they’re first transmitted. Everything is clear and can be perfectly understood.

As you read this, perhaps you’re thinking that you haven’t been making a perfect connection with the world around you for some time now.

If that’s the case, here’s a quick reminder of what it’s like to hear perfectly:

  • Conversations are effortless and you don’t have to keep asking people to repeat themselves.
  • You never need to lip read.
  • You hear clearly from all directions around you, including rain drops, birds in a tree, a friends voice behind you or a moving car.
  • Noisy environments are comfortable, not irritating and strenuous on your ears and concentration.
  • Your television and radio are set at normal volumes.
  • You’re socially active, involved, in control and confident.

If you feel your hearing has changed it’s important that you understand your hearing as it is today and find out how it can be improved.

There are a variety of causes that can lead to hearing loss. Depending on the part of the ear that is affected, we distinguish between three types of hearing loss:

  1. Conductive hearing loss
  2. Sensorineural hearing loss
  3. Mixed hearing loss

Conductive Hearing Loss occurs when there is disruption of sound transmission in the outer or middle ear. It is frequently a temporary condition and can frequently be corrected or improved with medical or surgical treatment. People with conductive hearing loss notice a reduction in the volume of sound. Hearing aids may be considered if medical or surgical treatment is ineffective.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss occurs when the hair-cells lining the cochlea are damaged, resulting in a diminished sound signal being sent to the brain. As well as noticing a reduction in the volume of sound, people with sensorineural hearing loss may also have a distortion in sound clarity and abnormal perception of loudness. Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and does not usually respond to medical or surgical treatment. The most likely causes of sensorineural loss are Noise Exposure and Ageing (Presbycusis). Hearing aids are an effective treatment option for sensorineural hearing loss.

Mixed Hearing Loss is a combination of Conductive and Sensorineural losses. Dependent on the pathology involved these losses can be treated via medical/surgical or audiological means.

Getting checked sooner rather than later will reduce the effects of loss such as hearing deprivation, possible depression, isolation in social environments and most importantly, the distress of missing out on communicating clearly with loved ones, friends, and colleagues effortlessly each day.

So, where to from here? Call the team at ‘My Audiologist’ for a comprehensive diagnostic hearing assessment.

My Audiologist Clinic operates on the following principles:

  • An educated hearing patient is a happy hearing patient.
  • We pride ourselves on working to constantly improve the patient experience, ahead of our industry peers.
  • We are convinced that good hearing care requires an excellent care giver, a dedicated and willing patient, and supportive spouse, partner, and friends. Together, this team once paired with top level hearing aid technology, can make a dramatic difference in hearing quality of life.
  • No individual hearing aid manufacturer is right for everyone. We pride ourselves on carrying every major manufacturer and finding the product that is right for the patient. The best indicator of a happy patient is when they trust us enough to send their family and friends to see us.

Our qualified Audiologist have the expertise and knowledge to assess your hearing in a comfortable and discreet environment. The procedure is painless ,simple and fast .

We begin with a simple questionnaire to establish the general hearing history, followed by a visual examination of your ears with our otoscope.

This examination will reveal obstructions such as wax or other problems that may be affecting your hearing. The Specialist will then perform a series of hearing and speech recognition tests to determine the possible causes and degree of hearing loss that may exist. If a condition requiring medical treatment is detected, you will be referred to an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) Specialist for further testing. If there is no medical condition causing the hearing loss, the Audiologist will make the best recommendation to you for moving forward. Coming to get your hearing tested doesn’t mean you will need to get hearing aids. There are number of medical reasons that can cause hearing problem which can easily be treated. A diagnostic test reveals the real cause and help us determine the correct course of action. This may include seeing an ENT.

As an independent hearing service provider we are FREE to choose any product that best suits our patients. Our advice is honest, objective and focused on providing our patients with the best suited, discreet hearing instrument at a very competitive price.

We believe that good old-fashioned service is a foundation for establishing an ongoing relationship with our patients. We act efficiently and responsibly to ensure that your experience with us is always positive

Are you experiencing symptoms?

  • Asking others to repeat themselves
  • Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
  • Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places
  • Feeling like other people mumble or slur their words
  • Having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices
  • Having trouble hearing on the telephone
  • Feeling more irritable or depressed
  • Avoiding social situations that were once enjoyable
  • Having difficulty following a fast-moving conversation
  • Missing important information in meetings
  • Being told by others that you have hearing loss

Are you experiencing symptoms?

  • Asking others to repeat themselves
  • Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
  • Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places
  • Feeling like other people mumble or slur their words
  • Having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices
  • Having trouble hearing on the telephone
  • Feeling more irritable or depressed
  • Avoiding social situations that were once enjoyable
  • Having difficulty following a fast-moving conversation
  • Missing important information in meetings
  • Being told by others that you have hearing loss

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