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In line with Tinnitus Awareness week, we prepare one of the best articles about Tinnitus which we believe will help so many people all over Western Australia and even all throughout the world.

What is Tinnitus?

Have you experienced hearing that constant ringing, buzzing, hissing or even a roaring sound? That is Tinnitus.

Why Tinnitus Occurs?

Based on recent studies, approximately 30 percent of the stellar population will go through tinnitus in their generation – and one in ten grownup individuals are suffering from chronic tinnitus which can bring enormous impact on their lives. Some of the common side effects of Tinnitus include Insomnia, stress, depression and social dysfunction. Tinnitus is not a disease and not even deadly though it has to be minimized.

No Identified Cure for Tinnitus Yet

At present, there is no approved cure for tinnitus. However there are some ways that victims can reduce its impact,” – Danielle Tres, Head of Audiology for Oticon Australia, told Gizmodo Australia.

How Music & Podcast Help Sufferers Deal with Tinnitus

“In Baby Driver film, Baby’s method of relieving tinnitus symptoms is not unusual. Numerous people suffering from tinnitus discovered that getting something else to focus on, such as music or a podcast, can shift their attention away from the tinnitus, so it turned out to be less noticeable.

Other standard methods used by adults suffering from tinnitus includes – sound therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and “several relaxation methods” (mindfulness, body scanning, yoga, and meditation) are also common.

“Sound therapy reduce the impact of tinnitus through its soothing sounds like ocean waves or white noise” – Tres clarifies.

Facts

About 80% of adults with hearing loss are also experiencing tinnitus, and 80% of those with tinnitus also have some form of hearing loss. So other than an iPod – hearing aids, here’s another idea we’d like to share.

It’s incredible how the advancement of technology has paved the way for Oticon to create the Tinnitus SoundSupport which allows the wearer to play a variety of sounds including nature or broadband, directly into their ears. These special hearing aids are very handy manageable and comforting to tinnitus sufferers.

If you are interested to learn more about tinnitus sound support, just give us a call at, or you may contact us by filling in our quote form.

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Until quite recently, all hearing aids were analog. Today you can find both analog and digital hearing aids on the market, although analog hearing aids are becoming less common due to the advantages digital technology can provide.

Both analog and digital hearing aids provide the same function, have similar components and are powered by batteries. They pick up sound using a microphone and use circuitry to amplify certain sounds. The main difference is in the way they handle the electrical signal.

Analog Hearing Aids

Analog hearing aids work by increasing the volume of continuous sound waves, amplifying all sounds including speech and background noise. Like a microphone connected to a speaker, they use a continuously varying electrical signal to produce sound.

Better quality analog hearing aids compress the sound using automatic gain control. This limits the volume of louder sounds while keeping quieter sounds loud enough to be heard. Some also have programmable settings, which allow you to change the hearing aid settings depending on how loud or quiet the environment is. These settings are usually adjusted with a volume control, physical switch or button on the device.

Advantages of Analog Hearing Aids

  • Generally more affordable than digital hearing aids
  • Can be more powerful than some digital hearing aids
  • Are preferred by long-time hearing aid users because they are used to the sound and functions of it

Disadvantages of Analog Hearing Aids

  • Sound filters on analog hearing aids are limited or non-existent, forcing you to hear every sound around you including the ones you don’t want to hear
  • Volume on analog hearing aids needs to be carefully adjusted as they can sometimes cause loud screeching sounds

Digital Hearing Aids

Digital hearing aids use a digital signal processor, transforming the electrical signal from sound into digital binary code. Once the signal is digitalised, it can undergo advanced manipulation to adapt precisely to changing environments and your specific hearing abilities. Digital technology makes it possible to tailor and process sounds precisely in ways that are impossible with analog hearing aids.

Digital hearing aids offer the user more features and greater flexibility including memory to store environment-specific settings. They use directional microphones and sophisticated algorithms to selectively detect the sound of voices and identify background sounds. This reduces irrelevant noise and removes feedback.

Advantages of Digital Hearing Aids

Disadvantages of Digital Hearing Aids

  • Generally more expensive than analog hearing aids
  • Cheap and poor quality digital hearing aids are often sold online or over the counter by off-brand manufacturers

Ultimately, the right hearing aids for you will depend on the type and severity of your hearing loss as well as your personal preferences and budget. The most important thing is that you consult a hearing aid specialist who can advise you on the best solution for your case.

If you need hearing aids in Perth, get in touch with Hearing & Audiology by calling08 9388 8003 or enquiring online. We are hearing aid specialists with more than 30 years of experience and two audiological clinics in Perth – Duncraig and Subiaco, and one in Geraldton. We also visit Karratha Clinics via appointments.

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Woman with ear painTinnitus is a physical health condition where you experience ringing in the ears or other noises without any external sound being present. It is a symptom that describes a fault in the hearing system, rather than a disease in itself.

Studies suggest that up to 18 per cent of Australian suffer from tinnitus. For most sufferers, it is a mild and manageable condition, with as little as one per cent of sufferers reporting a dramatic effect on their quality of life.

Sounds Associated with Tinnitus

Here is some of the sounds tinnitus sufferers report to have experienced:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Humming
  • Whistling
  • Roaring
  • Crickets
  • Rushing wind/ Ocean sound

Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of situations and conditions, and each sufferer’s symptoms are different. While some might experience constant ringing in their ears, others might experience irregular spells of it. Common causes of tinnitus include:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Extreme stress or trauma
  • Degeneration of hair cells in the inner ear
  • Side effects from prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Meniere’s disease (swelling of a duct in the ear)
  • Otosclerosis (overgrowth of bone in the middle ear)

Exposure to loud noise and side effects from medication are two of the major preventable causes of tinnitus. Industrial workers, transport workers, farmers and other workers surrounded by noisy tools or equipment should take necessary steps to protect their hearing at work.

People who listen to loud music often, whether it is through musical performance, through headphones or at clubs and concerts, are also at significant risk. If you’re taking medication, you should always discuss side effects with your doctor to check whether it can cause temporary tinnitus or make existing tinnitus worse.

Managing Tinnitus

Without management, tinnitus can be debilitating, causing distress, poor concentration, sleeping problems, and irritability in its early stages. Managing tinnitus involves understanding how it works, adapting to the symptoms and improving your psychological associations with them. The aim of all sufferers is to reach a point where they are used to noise made by their tinnitus so that it doesn’t adversely affect their life. Successful management of tinnitus involves accepting the condition, keeping busy, stopping worrying about it and finding relaxation and stress management strategies that work for you.

Try to think of it like moving from the country to the city. At first, you notice the extra noise, but after some time you get used to it. By maintaining a relaxed and positive attitude towards tinnitus, it can be easier than you think to manage it.

Understanding how our mind reacts to noise is the first step to managing tinnitus. When your mind first takes in sound from the environment, it classifies it as threatening (car horn), neutral (wind blowing trees) or non-threatening (familiar/friendly voice), creating an automatic reaction the next time you hear it. Tinnitus can be classified by the mind as a potentially threatening noise when it first occurs, placing the body in a state of stress. Removing negative focus and emotional meanings with the noise will reduce the effect it has on your life.

Tinnitus Treatment Options

There is no single or best treatment for tinnitus. Treating your tinnitus depends on your lifestyle, personality and the severity of the condition. Surgery and medications are rarely justified or necessary. Some simple treatment options include:

Lifestyle Changes

Keep physically and mentally active, including regular exercise and pursuing hobbies and interests. Quit smoking and reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol, as they can temporarily worsen the effects of tinnitus. Ask your doctor if there are any medications you are taking that might contribute to tinnitus and if it is possible to reduce or cease any. Do not change your medications without consulting your doctor.

Relaxation and Masking

Surround yourself with pleasant noise to keep your ears busy and mask the tinnitus. This could include playing music, keeping the television on or playing sound tapes (like rain or ocean noises) while you sleep.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

TRT is a therapeutic process aimed at helping you to adjust your reactions and perceptions of tinnitus. It involves retraining your auditory reflexes to block the signal for the noise tinnitus makes. TRT encompasses one-on-one counselling and regular sound therapy with sound generators.

If you would like more information about tinnitus relief and treatment, get in touch with Hearing & Audiology by calling08 9388 8003 or enquiring online. We have more than 30 years of experience in audiology and specialise in tinnitus treatment in Perth.

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Human Hearing

There is an upper and lower limit to the frequencies that animals can detect. These limits can vary significantly depending on the animal. The sound of a vacuum cleaner might not bother us, but it will send your dog running because of the painful high-pitched sound we can’t hear.

Our range of hearing is relevant to our world experience. Cats hear the high-frequency squeaks of mice in the house, while elephants live in a world of low rumbles of far-away friends. Our experience is somewhere in between.

A normal person with healthy hearing can hear sounds between 20 and 20,000 Hz. We are most sensitive to frequencies between 200 and 2000 Hz, which make up two-thirds of the sounds we come across.

As we age, our detection range diminishes, starting with higher frequencies. However, this can also happen from repeated exposure to loud noise. Losing the ability to hear sounds impacts the way we perceive our world and communicate with others, having a detrimental effect on our lives.

Enjoying Music

The ability to accurately perceive pitch affects how we enjoy sounds like music. Our ability to identify pitch varies, with categories describing how accurately we can identify exact musical notations and differences between sounds.

Relative Pitch

Relative pitch describes the ability to identify or re-create a musical note by comparing it with and differentiating from another note.

Perfect Pitch

Also called absolute pitch, this is a rare phenomenon in which a person can identify a musical note without reference. For example, someone playing a key on the piano that you can’t see and being able to identify exactly what note it was.

Tone Deaf

This describes an inability to accurately perceive differences between musical notes. The term refers to a natural inability rather than a lack of musical training.

Hearing damage can cause problems with identifying pitch, which is vital for enjoying music. There are cases where people experience more damage to one ear, which can sometimes result in hearing two different pitches in each ear. This can have frustrating effects when it comes to listening to music.

High Frequency Hearing Loss

High frequency hearing loss is one of the first and most typical signs of hearing damage. This is because high frequency sounds are perceived in the lower part of the inner ear, whereas lower sounds are perceived by hair cells located near the top.

High frequency hearing loss can be prevented by avoiding extended and repetitive exposure to noises above 75 decibels or by wearing hearing protection when exposed to these noisy environments. High frequency hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.

Hearing Tests for High Frequency Hearing Loss

High frequency hearing loss can impede your ability to communicate with others, concentrate, identify surrounding dangers, and to enjoy music. Getting a hearing test is the best way to determine your hearing abilities and address any problems.

Hearing & Audiology can provide affordable hearing tests in Perth for adults and children. Get in touch with our team by calling08 9388 8003 or enquiring online. We are hearing specialists with more than 30 years of experience and two audiological clinics in Perth- Duncraig and Subiaco, and one in Geraldton. We also visit Karratha Clinics via appointments.

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Loud speakers at concerts can cause permanent hearing damage

Hearing loss is experienced by one in every six Australians. Most cases result from repeated and lengthy exposure to loud noises which could’ve been prevented with ear protection. With daily use of headphones and festivals that go for days, the danger of hearing loss in today’s world is greater than ever before.

Music lovers and concert goers have long understood the dangers of spending a few hours in front of large speakers, but the vast majority are still not taking the necessary measures to protect themselves by wearing earplugs.

How Loud is Too Loud?

An average concert, whether at a club or a festival, generates sound levels of around 100 dB to 120 dB. Sounds above 90 dB can cause permanent hearing damage after 30 minutes of exposure, while sounds above 110 dB can damage your ears in just 2 minutes.

It’s common to feel pain in your ears, ringing or temporary deafness, which usually go away after a while. But these are signs of serious damage to your hearing. With repeated loud concerts and constantly listening to a music device, the potential for hearing loss is very real.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to be in any physical pain or discomfort for permanent damage to be occurring. The damage can be subtle and unnoticeable until you suddenly notice a significant loss of hearing. This often occurs in middle age, when noise-induced hearing loss combines with the natural loss of hearing. By this stage, it’s too late.

Tinnitus

Repeated exposure to loud music can also lead to a permanent ringing in the ears, something you are twice as likely to experience without using ear protection. At its worst, this condition can severely affect concentration, lead to sleep deprivation and cause extreme distress.

Earplug Stigma

Common reasons for not wearing ear plugs include discomfort, thinking it will reduce sound quality, self-consciousness about how they look and underestimating the risk of exposure. But in reality, ear protection technology has advanced to a point where these concerns are no longer an issue.

Audiologists can create custom earplugs fitted to the shape and size of your ear, allowing you to wear them all day without discomfort or irritation. These earplugs, used by most musicians, filter sounds rather than blocking them out. Most are made of a clear silicon material, allowing for a subtle, comfortable look.

By removing dangerous frequencies and evenly reducing the sound, you can actually enjoy the music more with a better-balanced tone. Custom earplugs can even be designed to protect against specific frequencies of your choosing.

Want to know more about custom earplugs?

If you’d like to find out more about custom earplugs for concerts in Perth, get in touch with Hearing & Audiology by calling08 9388 8003 or enquiring online. We specialise in creating custom earplugs for a variety of situations to reduce the risk of hearing loss. Visit one of our two audiological clinics in Perth – Duncraig and one in Subiaco, and Geraldton. We also visit Karratha Clinics via appointments for a consultation.

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Hearing loss is more complicated than many people think. Treating it is not as simple as purchasing a hearing aid over the counter or on the internet for a quick fix. Addressing hearing problems involves assessing the specific needs of each individual's unique case.

Hearing devices are not a final solution or cure but a small part of the process towards achieving better hearing and improving your communication abilities. Everyone with hearing loss has different listening needs and the hearing aid should be programmed to meet them. A professional audiologist can determine what your needs are through testing and provide a full treatment process with hearing aids that accommodate your needs, as well as teaching you when, where and how to wear it.

The Problem with PSAPs

Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) are a poor solution at best and cause more harm to your hearing at worst. Treating hearing loss is far more complex than increasing volume to the ear, which is generally all these devices do. Hearing aids need to be fitted to address a person’s hearing needs, often involving specific sound frequencies and listening environments.

It may seem far cheaper and more convenient, but people who use these devices often find them malfunctioning quickly due to their poor quality or uncertainty about properly maintaining and cleaning them. The costs add up when you have to buy one after the other while trying to find a device that works well for you.

Professional Diagnostic Process

A comprehensive hearing test conducted by audiologists examines the volume and pitch of sounds you can hear and also how you discriminate speech in different environments. This process will determine what style and features a hearing aid should have to suit your specific hearing levels, lifestyle, budget and hearing needs.

Fitting, Adjustments and Rehabilitation

Treating hearing loss is a rehabilitative process that involves trialling different technology and custom-made hearing devices to find the best possible solution. The treatment is monitored over several sessions with adjustments made to further improve hearing and comfort.

Like physiotherapy after an injury, it takes a while for your body to adapt and process auditory information in this new way. Like visual prescriptions, hearing needs change over time, so your device needs to be readjusted to match changes over the years.

Misconceptions about Cost

Hearing aids from professional audiologists are often seen as very expensive. But the price quoted includes the device and a range of services over many years with a dedicated audiology professional. These include testing, programming, fitting, adjustments, rehabilitation, warranty and follow-up consultations. The value of this service easily surpasses buying cheap products and trying to figure it out on your own.

Like other health conditions, leaving your hearing problems poorly treated or not treated at all can have detrimental effects on your quality of life. People with untreated hearing loss often experience depression, anxiety and social isolation.

Styles and Brands of Hearing Aids

Hearing devices come in a range of different styles that are suitable for different degrees of hearing loss and cosmetic inclinations. The four main styles include behind the ear, ultra small, completely in the ear and custom half shell. Hearing & Audiology offer a number of branded hearing aids made with advanced technology, offering you a range of options to meet your hearing and lifestyle needs.

Hearing aids by Starkey and Siemens feature directional focus that highlights dominant speech while suppressing background noise. They automatically adjust to each situation so that soft and loud sounds can be comfortably and easily heard. They can also wirelessly connect to your TV, laptop and mobile phone.

Know more about Hearing Aids with Hearing and Audiology

If you’d like more information about hearing aids and professional hearing loss treatment, get in touch with Hearing & Audiology by calling08 9388 8003 or enquiring online. We are hearing aid specialists with more than 30 years of experience and two audiological clinics in Perth- Duncraig and Subiaco, and one in Geraldton. We also visit Karratha Clinics via appointments.

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Choosing the right hearing aids is an extremely personal decision, and one that’s crucial to get right. Your hearing aid needs to be specially suited to your particular type and degree of hearing loss in order to function properly. On top of this, it needs to fit perfectly and be suitable for your lifestyle and budget. Even after you’ve chosen the right hearing aid with the help of one of our in-house hearing aid experts in perth, WA, you’ll need to adjust to the device and learn when, where and how to use it effectively to achieve the best results.

Our expert clinicians and audiologists in Perth can guide you through the decision-making process to help you choose a assistive listening devices that’s suitable for you. They’ll help you compare types and styles of hearing aids and give you tips for how best to use your hearing aid device.

Styles of Hearing Aids

The style of hearing aids you choose will affect the way you look and feel when wearing it. Each style functions differently and is suitable for different types of hearing loss. There are four main styles to choose from: behind the ear (BTE); ultra-small (also BTE); completely in the canal (CIC); and the custom half shell. They are available in a range of fashionable designs as well as discreet colours to match your hair or skin tone.

· Behind the Ear hearing aids amplify incoming sounds in a behind-the-ear device and transmit them into the ear via a custom ear mould. BTE models are available for people of all ages and almost all types and degrees of hearing loss.

· Ultra-Small behind the Ear hearing aids work the same way as their larger counterparts, but are smaller and more discreet. A portion of the aid sits behind the ear and is connected to a very small, unobtrusive tube inserted into the ear. This type of aid is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.

· Completely in the Canal and Custom in-the-ear models are made to fit the shape of your ear canal for maximum benefit and the best possible comfort. Various shapes and sizes are available from full or half-shell models to completely in-the-canal devices. These are designed for mild to severe hearing loss.

· Invisible in the Canal hearing aids are the latest and tiniest hearing aids, smaller than a CIC, and can fit up to a severe hearing loss. They are tucked away behind the second bend of the ear canal making them ultra-discreet, great for telephone usage and away from dust and debris. Some models are remote controllable using your smart phone or home telephone.

If you’re considering to buy a hearing aid, why not come in and have a chat to one of our experienced audiologists in perth about which hearing aid or assistive listening device is right for you? Visit here to browse the common brands of hearing aids in Perth that our customers prefer.

Our Hearing Aid Specialists in Perth are leaders in their field and are more than happy to discuss your hearing aid options in any of our three Western Australia Locations. Alternatively, Book an appointmenr online or you can contact us on any one of our clinic for more information.

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Hearing loss is seen by many Australians as something that happens with age or from exposure to extreme volumes such as live concerts, gunshots or a jet taking off. What a lot of people don't think about is the damage that can be caused by common, everyday loud noises like traffic or loud sounds in the workplace.

Hearing loss is the second most common health condition experienced by Australians, more common than heart disease, diabetes or asthma. About one in six people experience some form of hearing loss, and experts believe that most cases were preventable and resulted from repeated exposure.

What is Industrial Deafness?

Industrial deafness describes hearing loss caused by noise in the workplace. It accounts for about 10 per cent of onset hearing loss in adults. Since noisy workplaces are common in many Australian industries because of tools and machinery, the damage it causes can happen gradually and go unnoticed until it's too late.

Employers are obligated to protect their workers from excessive noise exposure under Federal Government Occupational Health and Safety regulations. It’s important to recognise whether noises in your workplace pose a risk to your hearing and whether there are steps in place to reduce or eliminate this risk.

Noisy Workplaces

Loud sound doesn’t have to be physically painful or unpleasant to cause hearing damage. If you have to raise your voice to be understood by someone standing less than a metre away, then you are in an environment that could be causing permanent damage. Like sun exposure, the damage to hearing from noise accumulates over time. The longer the exposure and the higher the sound level, the more damage that is likely to occur.

Sound is measured in decibels (dB). Repeated or lengthy exposure to sounds at or above 85 dB can cause hearing problems over time. That is roughly the level of sound an idle heavy motor truck makes. Sounds below 75 dB are considered safe. You should consider protection if you’re exposed to sounds between 75 and 90 dB for an extended period (4 to 8 hours). Sounds above 90 dB should be avoided for longer than 30 minutes and sounds above 120 dB should be avoided altogether.

An example in the workplace is an electric drill, which makes a sound at 94 dB and will cause permanent damage if you are exposed to it for longer than an hour. A jackhammer has a sound level of 110 dB and can cause permanent damage after 2 minutes without protection.

Symptoms of Industrial Deafness

Signs and symptoms of hearing problems caused by workplace noises include:

  • Speech and other sounds seeming muffled
  • Difficulty hearing other people in conversation, especially consonants
  • Difficulty following group conversations, especially in a louder environment
  • Difficulty understanding people on the phone
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves or speak more slowly
  • Needing to turn up the volume on your television, radio or other devices
  • Constant ringing, buzzing, roaring or hissing noises
  • Poorer hearing in one ear

Can You Make a Claim?

If you work in a prescribed workplace, it is compulsory for employers to arrange a baseline hearing test within 12 months of your employment commencing. A prescribed workplace exists where workers are exposed to 90 dB or above during a typical eight hour day.

A baseline hearing test is conducted by an approved WorkCover WA tester to establish an initial reference for your overall Percentage Loss of Hearing (PLH). Subsequent tests will be compared with it to measure any hearing loss caused. If you have lost at least ten per cent of your hearing compared with the baseline PLH, you may be eligible for compensation. A full audiological assessment and examination by a specialist will then be arranged to determine the exact nature and extent of hearing loss.

Suspect you have experienced work-related hearing loss in Perth?

Get in touch with Hearing & Audiology by calling08 9388 8003 or enquiring online. We are hearing loss specialists with four audiological clinics in Perth, Duncraig, Geraldton and Subiaco. We can help treat your hearing problems and advise you about industrial deafness compensation.

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Do You Need Your Hearing Tested?

“Can you say that again?” If this is something you find yourself saying over and over again throughout the day, it might be time to get your hearing tested.

Aside from your friends and family having to repeat themselves, and your difficulty in following conversations, there are a range of signs that indicate hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss can be caused by many different conditions and circumstances, and can manifest in a number of ways.

To make sure you’re ready to tackle hearing loss as soon as it develops, look out for the following 5 signs that you need to get your hearing tested and get to the audiologist as soon as you notice any of them pop up.

1. It Affects You in Social Situations

· You frequently have to ask people to repeat what they say

· You have difficulty focussing on conversations

· People sound like they’re mumbling or speaking softly

· You can’t understand conversations when you’re in a loud environment (e.g. in a crowded café, in a meeting or at a party)

· People complain that you have to the volume on the TV turned up too loud

· People say you speak loudly

· It’s difficult to understand people over the phone

· You don’t notice when your phone is ringing

· You often misunderstand what people are saying

2. It Takes its Toll on You Mentally and Emotionally

· You feel exhausted from straining to hear others

· You get frustrated at people when you can’t hear them properly

· You feel stressed and annoyed at not being able to hear

· You don’t like meeting new people because you’re afraid you won’t understand them

· You get overwhelmed in noisy social situations

· You’re embarrassed by your poor hearing

3. Your Body is Sending You Warning Signs

· You get headaches from straining to hear

· You have ringing in your ears ( tinnitus)

· You can hear better on one side than the other

· You have an earache

· There’s more wax or discharge in your ears than usual

4. You’ve been Exposed to Loud Noise

· You’ve been exposed to loud noise over a long period of time

· You’ve been exposed to a single extremely loud noise, such as an explosion

5. You Have a Medical History that Points Toward Hearing Loss

· You’ve had a viral or bacterial infection in the ear

· Your ear has been damaged

· You’ve experienced physical trauma to the head

· You have a family history of hearing loss

· You take ototoxic medications

· You have a circulatory condition

· You have a thyroid condition

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs and symptoms of hearing loss, it’s time to have your hearing tested at one of our four Hearing & Audiology clinics in Perth. Our professional Perth audiologists can perform hearing loss services like hearing tests, hearing aids for children and adults of all ages. Book in with an audiologist in perth online or call us on 08 9388 8003 today.

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Hearing tests are an integral part of assessing, and subsequently diagnosing, hearing loss. They can help detect conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus relief, SSD, and a range of other conditions that affect hearing. If you don’t have your hearing tested regularly, you risk leaving hearing problems undiagnosed and therefore untreated.

it is recommended to have a test for your hearing loss.

When Should I Get My Hearing Tested?

It’s important to have your hearing tested as soon as you suspect hearing loss may be present. Hearing loss often develops gradually over time, so it can be difficult to pinpoint when symptoms start. However, there are early warning signs that you might be developing hearing loss. If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms, it’s time to book an appointment with Perth audiologist providing hearing loss services and hearing aids.

Book in for a hearing test if there are social indicators such as:

  • You’re experiencing tinnitus (loud ringing not coming from an external sound)
  • You frequently have to ask people to repeat themselves
  • You have difficulty focussing on conversations
  • You struggle to isolate voices in loud environments (e.g. in a crowded café or in a meeting)
  • You feel tired from straining to hear others
  • You struggle to hear the TV or radio at a normal volume
  • You feel stressed and annoyed at not being able to hear properly
  • You can hear better on one side than the other
  • You have trouble understanding people on the phone
  • People sound like they’re mumbling

Or if there are medical indicators such as:

  • You’ve had a viral or bacterial infection in the ear
  • Your ear has been damaged
  • You’ve experienced physical trauma to the head
  • You have a family history of hearing loss
  • You take ototoxic medications
  • You have a circulatory or thyroid condition
  • You’ve been exposed to loud noise over a long period of time or a single extremely loud noise, such as an explosion

How Often Should I Get My Hearing Tested?

It’s a good idea to get hearing tests routinely throughout your life. If you’ve never had your hearing tested, we suggest you come in for an hearing assessment from one of our audiologists in perth to establish a baseline test. This baseline test should be carried out as early as possible in your adult life as it comes in handy if you experience any of the above signs of hearing loss and need to have another test. The results of the second test can be compared with the baseline to detect the severity of any hearing loss.

After your initial baseline test, your audiologist will provide advice based on your test results, medical condition and history and let you know when to come back in for a future hearing test. The time period will vary depending on your age and condition.

At Hearing & Audiology , we have the best audiolgists in perth offering range of hearing tests for adults, children’s, pensioners and veterans, tinnitus assessments that are carried out in both quiet and noisy environments so that we can effectively determine particular types of hearing loss and the best hearing course of treatment.

Book an appointment with one of our specialist Perth Audiologists today if you’ve noticed any signs of hearing loss.

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