Discover the Power of Independence: Choose an Independent Audiologist

Discover the Power of Independence: Choose an Independent Audiologist

At Ear and Hearing Australia, we believe in providing the highest quality audiology services based on independence, unbiased advice, and patient-centered care. In this blog post, we want to shed light on why independence matters in the field of audiology and how it can greatly benefit you as a patient. By not being aligned with hearing aid manufacturers and focusing solely on your needs, we ensure that you receive the best possible outcomes when it comes to your hearing health. So let’s dive in and explore why independence is crucial in audiology.

Unbiased Advice

One of the primary reasons why independence matters in audiology is the ability to provide unbiased advice. Unlike audiology clinics that have ties to specific hearing aid manufacturers, our independence allows us to offer recommendations without any underlying financial motivations. This means we can provide you with a wide range of options, considering different brands, technologies, and price points, based solely on what will benefit you the most.

Freedom of Choice

At Ear and Hearing Australia, we understand that every patient is unique, and their hearing needs and preferences may vary. As independent audiologists in Australia, we can provide you with a diverse selection of hearing aids and assistive listening devices from various manufacturers. This freedom of choice ensures that you have access to the latest advancements in technology and can select the solution that best suits your lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences.

Patient-Centered Care

Independence allows us to prioritize patient-centered care, where your needs and concerns take center stage. Our audiologists focus on building a strong relationship with you, taking the time to understand your lifestyle, communication challenges, and hearing goals. By having a comprehensive understanding of your specific circumstances, we can tailor our services to meet your individual needs effectively. This personalized approach to care ensures that you receive the best possible outcomes in terms of improved hearing and overall well-being.

Best Outcomes

Ultimately, the goal of our independence is to achieve the best outcomes for you as our patient. We are committed to providing evidence-based practice and utilizing the latest advancements in audiology to optimize your hearing health. By offering unbiased advice, a wide range of options, and personalized care, we strive to help you find the perfect hearing solution that will enhance your quality of life, communication, and social interactions.


Choosing an independent audiology service, like Ear and Hearing Australia, empowers you to make informed decisions about your hearing health. Our commitment to independence ensures that you receive unbiased advice, a variety of choices, and patient-centered care, resulting in the best possible outcomes for your hearing needs. Don’t let hearing loss hold you back. Take advantage of the benefits of independence and embark on your journey to better hearing with Ear and Hearing Australia.

Remember, your hearing health matters to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience the difference that independence can make in your audiological care.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult with a qualified audiologist or healthcare professional for personalized recommendations regarding your hearing health.


What Causes Tinnitus: 8 factors that can trigger tinnitus

What Causes Tinnitus: 8 factors that can trigger tinnitus


Welcome to our comprehensive blog on tinnitus, where we will dive deep into the intricate factors that contribute to the development of this auditory phenomenon. As audiologists, our mission is to provide you with a thorough understanding of tinnitus causes, empowering you to make informed decisions about your hearing health. Let’s embark on this enlightening journey together!

Section 1: Excessive Noise Exposure

Excessive noise exposure is a leading cause of tinnitus. Prolonged exposure to loud sounds, such as machinery, concerts, or headphones set at high volumes, can damage the delicate structures of the inner ear. This damage can lead to sensorineural hearing loss and trigger the perception of tinnitus. To protect your hearing, it is essential to limit exposure to loud noises, use hearing protection in noisy environments, and take regular breaks from loud activities.

Section 2: Aging and Hearing Health

As we age, changes occur in the auditory system that can contribute to the development of tinnitus. Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, affects the sensitivity of the inner ear, particularly to high-frequency sounds. This age-related hearing loss can be accompanied by tinnitus, as the brain compensates for the reduced auditory input. Regular hearing evaluations and the use of hearing aids, when necessary, can help manage age-related hearing loss and potentially alleviate associated tinnitus symptoms.

Section 3: The Waxy Intruder: Earwax Buildup

Earwax, or cerumen, plays a protective role in the ear canal. However, excessive earwax buildup can lead to tinnitus. When earwax accumulates and becomes impacted, it can cause blockages that interfere with sound transmission. This can result in the perception of tinnitus. It is important to avoid inserting objects into the ear canal to remove earwax, as this can push the wax further and cause more harm. Instead, consult with a healthcare professional or audiologist who can safely remove the excess earwax and provide guidance on maintaining proper ear hygiene.

Section 4: Medications: Unwanted Side Effects

Certain medications can have side effects that include tinnitus. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antibiotics, high doses of aspirin, and some chemotherapy drugs are known to potentially induce tinnitus. The exact mechanisms behind these medication-induced tinnitus cases are not fully understood. If you suspect that your medication is causing or worsening your tinnitus, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider. They can evaluate your medication regimen and explore alternative options if necessary.

Section 5: Beyond the Ringing: Underlying Medical Conditions

Tinnitus can be a symptom of various underlying medical conditions. Ménière’s disease, an inner ear disorder characterized by vertigo and hearing loss, is often accompanied by tinnitus. Otosclerosis, a condition where the bones of the middle ear harden, can also cause tinnitus. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, affecting the jaw joint, and acoustic neuroma, a benign tumor on the nerve responsible for hearing, can both be associated with tinnitus. Proper diagnosis and treatment of these underlying conditions are essential to effectively manage tinnitus symptoms.

Section 6: Stress and Anxiety: A Symphonic Duo

Stress and anxiety can exacerbate tinnitus symptoms. While stress does not directly cause tinnitus, it can make the perception of tinnitus more bothersome and intrusive. The exact relationship between stress, anxiety, and tinnitus is complex and can vary from person to person. However, stress management techniques, such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness, and counseling, can help individuals cope with stress and reduce the impact it has on their tinnitus experience.

Section 7: Unveiling Trauma: Head and Neck Injuries

Head and neck injuries, such as concussions, whiplash, or direct trauma to the ear, can damage the auditory pathways and lead to tinnitus. The exact mechanisms through which these injuries cause tinnitus are still being studied. If you have experienced head or neck trauma and are experiencing tinnitus, seeking prompt medical attention is crucial. Comprehensive evaluations by audiologists or healthcare professionals specialized in ear and hearing disorders can help determine the extent of the injury and develop appropriate treatment plans to address both the underlying injury and the associated tinnitus symptoms.

Section 8: Nutrition and Lifestyle: Keys to Quieting Tinnitus

While there is no specific diet or lifestyle that can completely cure tinnitus, certain nutritional and lifestyle factors may play a role in managing tinnitus symptoms. Some individuals report that reducing their intake of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine can help alleviate tinnitus. Additionally, adopting a healthy and balanced diet that includes essential nutrients like vitamins B12, magnesium, and zinc may support overall hearing health. It is important to note that these adjustments may have varying effects on different individuals, and consulting with a healthcare professional or audiologist is recommended to determine the most suitable approach for your specific situation.


By gaining a deeper understanding of the various causes of tinnitus, you are better equipped to address the specific factors contributing to your individual experience. Remember, our team of dedicated audiologists is here to provide expert evaluation, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing support on your tinnitus journey. We are committed to helping you find relief and regain a sense of harmony in your auditory experiences.

Reach out to us to schedule a consultation and explore the comprehensive services we offer to individuals experiencing tinnitus. Together, we can navigate the enigma of tinnitus, support one another, and pave the way for a life where tinnitus is effectively managed, allowing you to focus on the joy of sound.

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First experience with a hearing aid

First experience with a hearing aid

First experience with a hearing aid

What is the first experience with a hearing aid like?

Most people won’t realise how bad their hearing is until they wear their first hearing aid, which can be a very exciting yet confronting experience. Fear of the unknown often holds us back from a better life for ourselves, so we’ve written a quick list of what to expect when you wear a hearing aid for the first time.

Things will sound different

Over the course of your life, your brain will develop an auditory memory of sound. When you experience hearing loss, that memory becomes distorted from reality but will sound ‘normal’ to you. When you start wearing hearing aids, you are forcing your brain to reshape that distorted auditory memory back to the reality of what it sounds like. This can be an overwhelming experience, as sounds that you thought you knew well are slightly or even totally different to what you remember! For instance, your best friend’s voice may seem more squeaky than usual, or the fan humming in the kitchen may be louder than you remember. All of these changes are part of the adaptation process. The good news is that all of these sounds will become ‘normal’ as your brain adapts and establishes new auditory connections.

Take it slow

Your audiologist will usually ask you to wear your hearing aids fulltime from the day you receive them, but that doesn’t mean we expect you to throw yourself into a noisy bar with your friends on the same night! Start your hearing aid journey by spending more time in familiar environments. This may be your home or workplace where sounds are predictable and familiar. This is the best way to start ‘relearning’ what sounds are meant to be like. Once you feel more comfortable and confident with your hearing aids you can really take them for a spin in noisy areas.

Be Patient with Yourself

Hearing aids are foreign to almost everyone when they first start using them. There is lots to learn including inserting them properly, changing batteries, cleaning and connecting them to your phone. Don’t be discouraged if you mess these things up or forget how to do them – no one expects you to become an expert overnight! Keeping your audiologist in the loop is extremely important especially across your first year with your hearing aids where you may need more help. Your audiologist will be there to address any of your concerns, teach you how to handle your devices and help with any troubleshooting.

Want to experience hearing aids for yourself?

At Ear and Hearing Australia we offer a 4 weeks trial period on all our devices so you can experience better hearing for yourself. If you would like to take the next step, then call up for an appointment with one of our qualified audiologists on 1300 761 667.

Tinnitus: Will the Ringing Ever Stop?

Tinnitus: Will the Ringing Ever Stop?

Tinnitus: Will the Ringing Ever Stop?

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a very common condition affecting approximately 1 in 4 Australians. Tinnitus can present in multiple forms such as ringing, chirping, buzzing, humming and many more. Technically speaking, tinnitus means perceiving sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus often comes as a result of an underlying condition such as hearing loss, ear injuries, or problems with the circulatory system and often can be managed or helped with the treatment of the underlying condition.

If you suffer from this tinnitus, it is quite normal to feel tense, irritable, or even frustrated. It can affect your concentration, sleep, and even exacerbate depression and anxiety. If you have been struggling with tinnitus and it has affected your everyday life, it may be time to reach out. Audiologists, otherwise known as hearing professionals, are here to help. We are trained to evaluate your hearing and provide treatment options and/or recommend further referral if required.

Tinnitus can be caused by a number of things (see below), but the two most common causes are hearing loss and noise exposure.

  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Ear diseases and disorders
  • Extreme stress or trauma
  • Degeneration of the hair cells in the cochlear
  • Ear problems, such as otosclerosis (fixation of the tiny stirrup bone in the middle ear)
  • Meniere’s disease (swelling of a duct in the ear)
  • Some medications.
  • Head trauma
  • Large doses of certain drugs such as aspirin (always check with your doctor whether the medication they are prescribing has a side effect of causing or exacerbating the condition)
  • Compacted ear wax
  • Middle ear infections
  • Jaw misalignment (specifically, dysfunction of the joint connecting the jaw to the bone under the ear)
  • Perilymph fistula (a hole in the inner ear, allowing fluid to escape)
  • Certain types of tumours
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Thyroid disorders

Now that we know some conditions which can cause tinnitus, it’s important to know what can make it worse and how to avoid them. The three major factors that can exacerbate tinnitus are loud noise exposure, stress and fatigue, and use of some medications.

Noise Exposure

Working in noisy surroundings, listening to loud music (both at concerts and through headphones), playing musical instruments, and exposure to other loud noises without using special protective equipment increases the risk of developing tinnitus as well as hearing loss. Even a single incident of exposure to an extremely loud noise (such as fireworks or other explosions, or a gunshot fired close to the ear) can result in tinnitus or hearing loss.

Earplugs or other hearing protection often prevent tinnitus that may otherwise be caused by excessive noise. You should always wear hearing protection in noisy environments, even if you do not find the noise uncomfortable. Hearing loss at higher frequencies is often painless, and the most common result is tinnitus.

Stress & Fatigue

There is some evidence that stress makes tinnitus worse. Although stress is part of everyday life, you can take steps to reduce stress levels by using relaxation and stress management techniques that help you stay calm, think positively, and focus your energies outward and away from the tinnitus.

Hypnotherapy can help with relaxation and cognitive behavioural therapy, offered by clinical psychologists, can help you to change the way you think about the condition, learn ways to focus your attention away from your tinnitus, and control the stress associated with the condition.

Medications & Other Substances

It is essential to tell your family doctor about your tinnitus; some common medications may cause it as a side effect or make your existing condition worse. Take special care with medications for arthritis, rheumatic diseases, some antibiotics, and anti-depressants. Excessive use of aspirin can also create issues; ask your doctor about alternatives if this is a concern.

Some foods and substances are also suspected of making tinnitus worse, although this has not been scientifically proven. While you don’t have to avoid them altogether, try easing off caffeine, quinine (tonic water), and alcohol as they can temporarily worsen tinnitus for some people. Carbohydrate-rich meals, like pasta, can have a calming or sedating effect, which can be helpful. However, give yourself time to digest your meal before you go to bed to avoid disturbed sleep.

Is There a Cure?

Even though there is currently no definitive cure for tinnitus, it is important to recognise that tinnitus does not have to affect your quality of life. This being said, there are techniques, management strategies, and treatments which can help reduce its effects on your life. Treatment options like Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Surgery, Medications, and Hearing aids can help.

Regardless of the cause, it is important to speak with a professional about your worries and symptoms. Speak with your family doctor, audiologist/hearing professional or ear specialist to begin your journey towards overcoming tinnitus.

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Tinnitus: Tips & Strategies To Help You Cope

Tinnitus: Tips & Strategies To Help You Cope

Tinnitus: Tips & Strategies To Help You Cope

The majority of us have experienced tinnitus in our lives and not even realised it. That persistent and annoying ringing, hissing, roaring, or whistling sound that lingers in your ears for hours or even days after you’ve been to a music concert, or spent too long listening to loud music on your iPod, tinnitus is a physical and very real – not imagined – condition of the auditory system. While for most of us the experience is only temporary and will go away given time (and a bit of quiet!), for some people, the ringing noise is constant and interferes with their ability to concentrate, fall asleep, or hear actual sound. Tinnitus can be extremely debilitating, affecting a person’s ability to work or cope with normal life activities. Approximately 17-30 per cent of Australian’s suffer from some degree of tinnitus, varying from mild to severe. Tinnitus can be caused by several factors including age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud noise, or earwax blockage. It’s not a disease, but rather a symptom of a malfunction somewhere in the hearing system (including both the ear and brain), and is often associated with a hearing loss. While the actual cause or causes of tinnitus are not yet fully understood, we do know that it can be extremely debilitating, affecting a person’s ability to work or cope with normal life activities. It’s not usually the presence of the tinnitus that is the issue, but rather how sufferers think and feel about their tinnitus, often associating it with feelings of fear and anxiety leading to stress, frustration, and depression.
tinnitus and anxiety

Sufferers often associate tinnitus it with feelings of fear and anxiety leading to stress, frustration, and depression.

You can’t completely cure tinnitus, however you can reach a point where it doesn’t unduly affect your quality of life. This is known as habituation (becoming used to it). Adapting to having tinnitus is like moving from the country to the city. At first, you notice the traffic noises, but after 12 months you’re no longer aware of them. Similarly, the more attention you pay to your tinnitus, the harder it is to become used to it, and if you continue to see tinnitus as threatening, you will continue to feel anxious and stressed. Try to accept tinnitus as part of your life, stop worrying excessively about it, keep busy with enjoyable and stimulating activities, and find relaxation and stress management strategies that work for you, for example sports, hobbies, yoga, t’ai chi, reflexology or massage.
tinnitus and stress

Try to stay calm and relaxed. As the hearing system relaxes along with the rest of the body tinnitus usually becomes less stressful.

Some other tips that may help you manage tinnitus include:
  • Finding out everything you can about it. This will reassure you that it’s not something life threatening and that you’re not imagining things.
  • Having your hearing checked. There may be a treatable medical cause for your specific case of tinnitus. And if there is evidence of hearing loss, get some kind of amplification such as a hearing aid.
  • Limiting your exposure to loud noises and wearing something to protect your hearing from damage if you are going to be around loud music or machinery.
  • Relieving the stress of tinnitus by trying to stay calm and relaxed. The relaxation response reduces the alertness state of the brain and, as the hearing system relaxes along with the rest of the body, tinnitus usually becomes less stressful.
  • Keeping physically and mentally active. Take up exercise (walking is very beneficial), hobbies or interests.
  • Avoiding complete quiet by finding the best ways to mask your tinnitus. Keeping your ears busy by surrounding yourself with some low-level background noise (such as playing the radio softly or listening to relaxation music) can help your brain focus on those sounds rather than the ringing of the tinnitus.
  • Investigating ways to help you sleep better. Tinnitus often affects people when they try to sleep, so implementing sleep strategies may help you relax and drift off.
tinnitus and exercise

Keeping physically and mentally active may help you copy better with your tinnitus.

You can also help to make tinnitus less distressing if you avoid talking about it persistently with family and friends, constantly monitoring the level of your tinnitus, feeling guilty about not coping, becoming angry or upset about the fact that you have tinnitus, or working through an endless range of cures. Focus on management rather than living in hope of a miracle cure. Once you become habituated to your tinnitus it will no longer have negative emotional meaning. Consequently, you should notice an improvement in your sleep and ability to concentrate, and a reduction in your feelings of depression and anxiety. You will more than likely still have some days where your tinnitus is more troublesome than usual, for example, when you are over-stressed or tired, but it it will no longer rule your life. If you suspect you suffer from tinnitus, treat it as warning signal that you might be developing a hearing loss and make an appointment to see an audiologist for a hearing test.