Hearing is an easy thing to take for granted
Of all the five senses, our hearing is the most precious. If we lose it, we lose contact with the people we love and the world around us. Imagine the rhythm of raindrops, rustle of leaves, Birds singing, the lyric of a favourite song, the loved one’s laughter….. through sounds, hearing connects us to people and all the things we love in our world.
Hearing empowers us
It enables us to work, socialize, and communicate. It also helps us to stay connected to the outside world.
Hearing Loss: An invisible disability
Hearing loss is a significant disability in Australia. 1 in 6 Australians experience some degree of hearing loss. Besides musculoskeletal disease, hearing loss is the second most common health condition experienced by Australians. Hearing loss is more common than diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. From missing sounds to missing out on all the fun, hearing loss impacts all aspects of life.
Hearing Loss affects quality of life
Imagine dining in a restaurant. In the background, there are humming noises everywhere, people talking and laughing and dishes clattering. You are straining to follow what is happening at your table – and the effort of doing this is starting to make you feel more and more frustrated and tired.
Finally, you start pretending you can hear the conversation. You nod, look interested and laugh with the rest even though you didn’t get the jokes. You start to feel left out. When you leave the restaurant you are left with headache, disappointment, no interest in repeating the experience anytime soon.
Don’t be the last person to know
Hearing loss can progress so slowly that the individual affected is often the last one to know. In fact, family and friends or colleagues are likely to notice the problem before you do. They might say that you are not hearing them as well, or that the television is turned up too loud. The real problem is often not the hearing loss itself – but that we do not recognize it and do something about it.
Book a Hearing Test
If you suspect you might have a hearing loss, see one of our Audiologists for a hearing test.