Hearing is one of the five important senses by which sound is perceived. The ear is a complex organ which detects and transports sounds to the brain, in a split second. Not only does the ear receive sound, but it also aids in balance and body position. The phenomenon of hearing awards us the opportunity of hearing laughter, a loving comment, music as well as to recognise danger. Therefore the valuable sense of hearing deserves special protection.
Hearing loss is referred to as the reduced ability to hear sounds. Hearing loss occurs in varying types (conductive, sensori-neural and mixed) and degrees (mild to profound) and could be due to some of the following reasons; excessive wax, ear infections, perforation of the eardrum, exposure to loud noise, medication, injury or the natural aging process.
You may not initially notice your hearing loss because the process is gradual. If you answer “yes” to some of the following questions, you should consult one of our skilled Audiologists.
- Do you often ask people to repeat what they say?
- Do you have trouble hearing in groups?
- Do you need to look closely at someone to follow a conversation?
- Do others seem to mumble?
- Do you find it hard to hear someone talking from behind you?
- Do you turn up the volume on the TV or car radio?
- Do you have difficulty on the phone?
- Do you have difficulty hearing at the cinema?
- Do you find it hard to hear in noisy environments, such as parties and restaurants?
- Do you have a ringing or buzzing sound in your ear?