One in six Australians is believed to have a hearing impairment. Some of the common causes of hearing loss are:
- Infections of the middle ear or inner ear
- Exposure to noise; industrial deafness
- Hereditary hearing loss
- Head injury or trauma
- Some medications
Hearing loss can be due to problems in the outer ear or middle ear known as conductive hearing loss or with the inner ear known as a sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss due to middle ear infections are common in young children and usually, improve with medical intervention or time. Surgery is an option for some conductive hearing losses. However, a sensoireneural hearing loss is permanent.
Most sensorineural hearing losses, particularly age-related and industrial deafness, are gradual and go unnoticed. It is often comments from family and friends that bring the possibility of hearing loss to our attention:
- The TV is too loud
- We're tired of repeating ourselves
You may notice yourself that you:
- ask people to repeat themselves
- think people mumble
- have to strain to hear people with a soft voice
- have to turn the TV up louder
- have trouble hearing on the telephone
- have difficulty hearing in background noise
Hearing loss can be isolating. People find themselves avoiding group activities or noisy environments.
Listening can also be very tiring.
If any of this sounds familiar you should consider having your hearing tested. Contact Us