HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE HEARING LOSS OR A CONDITION AFFECTING THE EAR?
It is estimated that over 3.55 million Australians are living with compromised hearing. Surprisingly, half of them are working age (16-64 years), with that number rising to 1 in every 3 after the age of 50*.
Whilst most hearing loss is a result of genetics and ageing, one third of people acquire their hearing loss through preventable means. The Hearing Care Industry Association forecasts that the number of Australians to be affected by hearing loss will double in the coming years due to exposure to loud environmental noises (such as workplace noise and music).
For some, the difference in sound quality can be obvious. You might have had to adjust the television volume up higher than usual. You might be struggling to understand what people are saying when you’re in a noisy café, or club. You might have a constant ringing sound in your ears. Usually, hearing loss is a slow progression so you might not even notice many changes at all. In most instances, a simple and pain-free diagnostic hearing test with an audiologist can map your specific hearing levels, and help identify if your conditions are more severe.
OTHER COMMON CONDITIONS THAT CAN AFFECT THE EAR
A variety of clinical conditions may require our Sunshine Hearing audiologist to enlist the involvement of our supportive and adjacent GP based Coolangatta Ear Clinic or ENT surgeon
- Feeling ‘off balance’
- Tinnitus presents itself as ‘ringing’ in the ears
- Meniere’s disease symptoms include a “full” feeling in the ear, ringing in the ears and dizziness
- Barotrauma is an injury to your ear because of changes in air or water pressure. Some ear disorders can result in hearing disorders and deafness
- Ear Infections are the most commonly diagnosed condition in children due to smaller Eustachian tubes that connect the middle ear to the throat
Hearing conditions can also affect confidence and self-esteem because of the challenges that can come with communicating due to hearing impairment. If that’s you, or it sounds like a loved one, it’s never too late to get yourself booked in for a brief (but thorough) consultation.
Because your hearing care at Sunshine Hearing is provided in collaboration with two GPs specialising in complicated earwax build-up and painful ears, and an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon, you can be sure that all ear and hearing related issues are treated comprehensively. Your symptoms and concerns will never fall on deaf ears at Sunshine Hearing Clinic.
Our experienced team at Sunshine Hearing has been delivering a wide range of discreet hearing solutions for over 15 years, and is available at two convenient locations – Cabarita and Coolangatta.
*Source: Hearing Care Industry Association