Experiencing a hearing loss?
THESE SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT STEPS

Hearing loss may be caused by obstruction or damage to any part of the hearing pathway, from the entry into the canal, to the auditory cortex in the brain. The identification of a hearing impairment is the first step towards living an improved quality life.

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Some noticeable symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Having a group conversation in noise is more difficult than in quiet surroundings
  • Most people mumble
  • You ask for repetition more often than other people
  • You have trouble with hearing speech clearly when someone speaks from another room or facing away from you
  • You must turn the television or radio up louder than other people need to
  • You begin to feel that it is too much effort to take part in certain conversations, and so you withdraw or switch off in company
  • You have trouble following a conversation over the telephone
  • You feel that sometimes sound is loud enough, but not clear
  • You have any other symptoms in the ear, such as ringing, pain or dizziness

Having a group conversation in noise is more difficult than in quiet surroundings

Most people mumble

You ask for repetition more often than other people

You have trouble with hearing speech clearly when someone speaks from another room or facing away from you

You must turn the television or radio up louder than other people need to

You begin to feel that it is too much effort to take part in certain conversations, and so you withdraw or switch off in company

You have trouble following a conversation over the telephone

You feel that sometimes sound is loud enough, but not clear

You have any other symptoms in the ear, such as ringing, pain or dizziness

If you recognise yourself in any of these situations you may have a hearing loss or a problem in the auditory system and should see a registered audiologist for assessment. Your action for early identification and diagnosis could help you to prevent further hearing loss or restore hearing. To make an appointment with one of our audiologists, who will guide you through the necessary steps to determine the reasons for, and the extent of your hearing loss, feel free to contact us at any one of our branches.

If you think that you may have a hearing loss, complete the hearing screening test below and you will know whether there may be a problem with your hearing within minutes. While well constructed, this screening test only serves as a predictor of a hearing problem and does not substitute for a proper diagnostic examination in properly calibrated conditions.