The stigma of “not hearing” seems to be linked to a perception of aging, even though many younger people have hearing loss. Hearing loss can happen to anyone and it can occur at any age – it affects babies, young adults and older people. Studies have indicated that more and more young people are affected nowadays, especially teenagers. Part of this is due to the incessant exposure to loud music and noise that young people are exposed to – this could be loud music via earphones, playing video games with earphones, watching TV too loudly, and other recreational and occupational pursuits. We encourage people to monitor the sound in their lives. If you are exposed to a lot of sound, we can provide you with hearing protection and a hearing conservation programme to ensure that you have hearing for many years to come.
Audiologists also assist patients suffering from Tinnitus, other abnormal sound perceptions, and a range of balancing disorders. Tinnitus may be from an underlying, curable condition, or, it may not be curable Your audiologist can help you to define the underlying cause, and provide you with a number of rehabilitation and management strategies (which may include a special programme on an ear-worn device or in a hearing aid) that may provide relief from the symptoms. There are many effective coping mechanisms.
The first step in getting the help you require for any problem that relates to the ear (auditory) or balance (vestibular) pathway, is to make an appointment with an audiologist near you. Your audiologist will conduct a variety of hearing or balance tests to assess your hearing and balance needs and will then guide you through the rest of the process should intervention with hearing aids, other devices or therapeutic rehabilitation, be necessary.
Talk to our team of audiologists about your hearing health and hearing requirements, today! Or, for more answers to your hearing questions, like “what is an audiologist,” see our FAQ’s-page.