AudioClinic hearing professionals answer your questions about hearing loss.
Q: I think I might have a problem with my hearing. My wife says I have the television volume up too high and I’m finding it harder to hear at the club when a lot of people are talking. Do I have to go to my doctor? B. Jones, Lismore NSW
A: The first important step is that you have realised that you have a problem. You do not need a referral from your GP to see a hearing clinician although you could talk to your doctor about your hearing loss. At AudioClinic, hearing check-ups are free and only take 30 minutes.
Q: Since my mother died last year, my father has withdrawn from social life. Even though his retirement village has good programs and events, he doesn’t attend as he feels they are too confusing when many people talk at the same time. Do you think a hearing aid may help? Cheryl, Vic
A: Your proactive approach to your father’s wellbeing is commendable. Hearing loss can really impact those who may be feeling lonely or isolated. A hearing aid could make a big difference in your father’s case and help him enjoy socialising again.
For someone coming to terms with hearing loss, the amount of information available can be overwhelming. The Australian Guide to Hearing Services booklet contains useful information on hearing health, treatments and financial assistance available.
Q: What causes hearing loss? I have never worked in noisy environments but I think I might be losing my hearing. Mrs Anita Rose, NSW
A: There are many causes of hearing loss. People who have been exposed to loud noises for a prolonged period of time are much more likely to suffer hearing loss. However, Anita, if you are over 50, the most likely cause is natural ageing.
Other causes of hearing loss include:
- Ear infections
- Inner ear disorder
- Wax build-up
- Side effects of medication
Send us your questions about hearing loss here.