Understanding Hearing Loss
Our sense of hearing is a precious link to the world around us. It’s important to our ability to communicate our thoughts, needs and emotions with the people we share our lives with. It gives us pleasure, it gives us information and it connects us. If you have signs of hearing loss it’s best to act early to minimise its affects.
How Common is Hearing Loss?
Hearing impairment is a condition affecting over three million Australians or one in every six people.
Hearing loss can occur at any age but is more prominent with age. As many as half the people over the age of 60 experience some form of hearing impairment and up to 3 in every 4 over 70 years.
What to look out for
Unless caused by a medical problem, hearing loss usually starts very gradually. It might not be noticed by the sufferer or those around them at first. This is because even with normal hearing you don’t hear perfectly in all situations. Once established though, hearing difficulties can quickly begin to affect many areas of your life including your self-confidence and your relationships.
Wizard will be running Hearing Clinics in conjunction with HearingLife Australia from 7th February to 3rd March at selected Wizard Pharmacies.
4 Early signs of hearing loss
Having difficulty understanding what people say when there are other sounds in the background.
Hearing words incorrectly and asking for repeats or volume to be raised.
Difficulty hearing soft or distant speech or if the speaker has an accent.
Not hearing sounds around you like phones ringing, doorbells and alarm signals.
Degree of Hearing Loss
Damage to hearing might affect the overall level of sounds, or it can selectively affect understanding of speech due to changes in the ability to hear certain frequencies. Often it does both of these things. Speech begins to sound muffled and unclear.
The degree of hearing losses can be classified as shown below: