Treating Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a natural part of life and like any other health-related issue, it’s important it’s not ignored.

The first step in finding the right treatment is very simple – all it takes is a visit to your local AudioClinic Clinician for a thorough examination of your hearing.

This examination is FREE*, it will take you less than an hour to complete and you will be given clear, practical advice about the best solution for your requirements.

Untreated hearing loss

Having a hearing loss does not generally mean that you have lost your hearing completely, and it will not prevent you from enjoying life, but you will feel you are straining your ears and using up unnecessary energy to follow conversations, especially in noise.

An untreated hearing loss may, over time, result in less speech recognition and ability to understand people because the hearing centres in your brain are not optimally stimulated. This will only be a problem if you do nothing about it.

People have been known to wait an average of 7 years ° before seeking assistance which increases the potential for hearing to decline and accelerates the impacts of untreated hearing loss to your brain and lifestyle.  This may include emotional trauma due to social exclusion and inability to communicate to loved ones effectively, thus making treatment sooner, critical.

The sooner you are fitted with a hearing device, the sooner you can re-train your brain to recognise and register sounds around you.

Treated hearing loss

Did you know that one in two adults over 50 could benefit from wearing a hearing device? It’s true! And if you’ve had your hearing tested and results showed you would benefit from wearing hearing aids, then your Clinician will discuss a hearing aid as the best treatment option for you.

The good news is, today’s hearing devices bear no resemblance to those of yesterday. They’re now petite, lightweight and reliable which means that hardly anyone will notice you’re wearing them. AudioClinic’s personalised service means that your Clinician will suggest hearing aid’s that meet your lifestyle, budget and style needs from a range of hearing aids that will treat your specific degree of hearing loss as best as possible.

Some of the selection factors we take into account when advising on hearing aids include:

  • Personal test results
  • Size of ear canal
  • Amount of ear wax
  • One hearing aid or two
  • Active lifestyle
  • Personal communication needs
  • Style or aesthetics of the instrument
  • Budget

How hearing aids work

Hearing aids are a combination of tiny components including a microphone, amplifier and loudspeaker. Depending on the device, they also offer a range of sophisticated features. All instruments have:

  • Microphones that pick up sound
  • An amplifier that makes sound louder
  • A tiny chip that processes and improves the quality of sound
  • A loudspeaker (receiver) that sends amplified sound to the ear
  • A battery that runs the sound processors

Hearing aids work by amplifying sounds the ears can no longer detect and transmitting the improved signal to the hearing nerve, which in turn transmits the message to the hearing cortex in the brain.

At first, some people find the sounds seem unnatural but this is because they haven’t been heard for some time. Gradually the brain adjusts and these ‘new’ sounds seem natural again.

Find the right treatment

Get in touch with AudioClinic today to book a FREE Hearing Test* and explore the many options in selecting the right treatment for you.

 °As published in Inside Story, (2012) “Who and Why Study,” April 2012, p.23.