Category Archives: Hearing Tests

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Hearing loss is expected to increase.

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You’d assume that hearing loss is something that only occurs when you get older and that for the younger generation it’s nothing to be worried about.

But it’s not only those reaching more advanced years that are struggling with their hearing. Those in their 20s and 30s and even children are now increasingly likely to be affected.

According to a recent high-level study in the United States, the number of adults with hearing loss (from the age of 20) is expected to nearly double in the coming decades. This will fuel the demand for hearing tests and hearing aids.

There are a number of reasons why this is the case, but the most common of these is the prolonged and unsafe exposure to loud music – through headphones, live music events and even in the car. These are all activities which are just as commonplace in SA as they are in America, which would suggest that increased hearing loss is likely to become as prevalent here – across a widening age range.

Is it preventable?

In most cases, yes. If you wear headphones or have music playing in the car, the best advice is to listen at no more than 60% of full volume. Obviously, if you are at a concert it’s impossible to ask for the sound to be turned down but, if possible, step outside or away from the noisiest areas for periods of time. This will give your ears a rest. Also, try to position yourself as far away from the speakers as you can.

Are you affected by hearing loss?

If you suspect that your hearing isn’t as good as it should be – regardless of your age – then it’s advisable to have it checked out by a professional. This is especially important with children, as any symptoms are best caught early to prevent any long term damage.

What remedies are there for hearing loss?

Firstly, it’s important to have your ears tested regularly. Like eyes, our ears are delicate instruments, so having a regular check-up to ensure nothing is going amiss, should be given equal priority.

If it was found that there was significant hearing loss, then we would recommend using hearing aids.

As well as hearing tests, however, there is plenty we can do ourselves to look after our ears. If you work in a noisy environment, for instance, make sure you wear some sort of ear protection. And if you are a music lover, remember to keep the volume down or consider using earplugs for extra protection. You’ll be doing your ears a huge favour.

It’s easy to take our hearing for granted – especially when we are younger. But, as statistics are beginning to show, age is clearly no barrier to the possibility of hearing loss.


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Do you have hearing loss?

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Knowing the status of your hearing health is just plain smart.

Even if you don’t think you have hearing loss, you might. In fact, it can take years to recognize hearing loss. After all, for so many, it comes on gradually.

Many people don’t realize how easy it is to get a hearing test by a qualified hearing care professional and how straightforward the test itself is. In fact, many registered and licensed hearing care professionals provide free hearing evaluations.

Are you concerned about your hearing?

Are you:

  • Constantly asking others to repeat themselves
  • Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
  • Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places
  • Feeling like other people mumble or slur their words
  • Having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices
  • Having trouble hearing on the telephone
  • Feeling more irritable or depressed
  • Avoiding social situations that were once enjoyable
  • Having difficulty following a fast-moving conversation
  • Missing important information in meetings
  • Being told by others that you have hearing problems

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these points, you may have hearing loss and it might be time to consult a professional.

The next step:

Simply find a registered hearing care professional near you. Call Advanced Hearing in Knysna or Plett on 044 533 3326, Sedgefield on 044 343 1278, or Somerset West on 066 526 6520 to make an appointment for a hearing test.

The hearing test itself is fairly simple. Most include three basic components:

  1. Questions about your hearing and general health;
  2. A look at your ear canal and eardrum with a special magnifying light called an otoscope while you are seated; and
  3. A series of sound prompts played for you while you are seated in a glassed sound booth with specially designed headphones. The hearing care professional will communicate with you through the headphones to determine if you are hearing different types of sounds and words at different volumes.

If the hearing care professional finds that you do have a hearing loss and recommends hearing aids, there is absolutely no need to make a decision on the spot. Just look at your options, and think about it.

So don’t wait another day to learn the status of your hearing health. Give us a call right now because life is worth hearing.

 


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