18th Aug 2016
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Top three hearing myths explained
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Hearing loss is no longer an uncommon disability from which people suffer. It can be easy to get the facts mixed up with myths regarding this condition. To help you better understand hearing loss, we’ve explored the three most common hearing loss misconceptions.

Myth 1: Hearing loss only affects the older population
Hearing loss is no longer reserved as a disability for those who fall in the older age bracket. It is true that some forms of hearing loss are contributed to by ageing, but being young doesn’t mean you are exempt from developing or experiencing hearing loss symptoms.

Hearing loss can strike at any time. According to the Better Health Channel, around 22 per cent of Australians suffer from some form of hearing loss, regardless of age.

Myth 2: Mild hearing loss is nothing to worry about
If you suffer from mild hearing loss, it would be wise not to ignore it. Even mild hearing loss can have an impact on your everyday activities. Sounds and speech can become indistinct, and softer consonants can be more difficult to hear. This will affect your ability to communicate and listen.

It is always best to address a hearing problem sooner rather than later. Any form of hearing loss can make life a little less enjoyable – and that's something no one wants. Fortunately, there are many different types of hearing aids to suit any lifestyle. If you think you are experiencing the signs of hearing loss, you should see a qualified hearing technician. They will help you find the best solution for your needs and have you living your life to the fullest.

Myth 3: Hearing loss is obvious
You may think you would be able to notice hearing loss, but it can be a gradual process that develops over time. Damage to your hearing may not be obvious and you may not notice the development of symptoms right away.

If you find yourself talking too loudly, or turning up the television louder when everyone else in the room can hear it just fine, then it may be time for a hearing test.

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    26th Aug 2016
    11:24am
    Huh?
    Charlie
    26th Aug 2016
    11:37am
    Forgot about Myth Number 4: that hearing problems in the aged, are about hearing LOSS.

    For the last 10 years I have suffered from hearing SENSITIVITY. I wear ear plugs all day, every day, to bring sounds to a comfortable level. When I go into town I wear ear muffs over my ear plugs.
    There is also another condition that is not directly about hearing loss, but concerns the inability of a person to prioritize the sound of the human voice above that of background noise. It means that there is difficulty trying to have a conversation in a social environment where there is crowd ruckus. But others in the same group seem to have no problem.
    Tom Tank
    26th Aug 2016
    11:50am
    We now live in a very noisy environment, especially in the cities. The level of noise, sometimes called 'music" in nightclubs is way beyond what are described as safe levels. Noise of that level at work would demand the wearing of hearing protection.
    Many young people have hearing loss equivalent to that of an aged person so this issue is multigenerational and being old does not automatically mean being deaf.
    I do suffer from hearing loss after many years exposure to high levels of loud noise but just get on with it with my hearing aids altho' sometimes in a crowded room they can be a disadvantage.
    Hearing test are free, once over a certain age, but beware the companies that try to sell you very expensive hearing aids when the free ones are adequate.
    Brissiegirl
    26th Aug 2016
    2:19pm
    It's about time loud noise-makers were made liable for the damage they cause. I attended what was supposed to be a social gathering.When the band kicked off, the amplification was turned up to an intolerable level. The band members wore musicians' ear plugs so they must know that what they are doing is not safe. I quickly left the venue. Too late. I now have LOUD, LOUD, tinnitus directly attributable to that exposure. I consider cinemas are also a part of the hearing/tinnitus damage problem because they also turn the sound up way too loud. God knows what head-sets and ear-buds are doing to young people unless they are fully trained and understand the dangers of loud noise. Until noise makers are forced to adhere to very strict safety levels many people are going to suffer. Tinnitus that is very loud has been known to lead sufferers to suicide. Have you ever been to someone's house where they have a dog or dogs with ear piercing barking? Another inconsiderate type of noise-maker to avoid at all costs!
    The pom
    26th Aug 2016
    4:17pm
    Hearing loss is a bit of a lottery. I am 83 ,served many years in the British Army before they started using hearing protectors, fired off thousands of rounds of ammo and spent time round the big guns, with my hobby being Motorcycle racing when they had no silencers. I can't sleep with a ticking clock in the bedroom, but my wife is extremely deaf after years as a Librarian, and was only stopped from having a Cochlear Implant because she could not take the operation
    Charlie
    26th Aug 2016
    8:06pm
    That's those little bedside clocks with the great big TICK TOC. I have got two newer ones now where the second hand doesn't jerk, it just runs smooth and the clock makes a little purring sound.
    fordyoot
    27th Aug 2016
    6:51pm
    Motor cycle racing, years in very noisy computer rooms then working on crushers on the mines have damaged my hearing, but nobody cares. The good thing with the level of tinnitus I enjoy I will know as soon as i am dead because the noise will stop. However pretending you are a little deaf is sometimes quite useful.
    Eddy
    24th Feb 2017
    10:53am
    When I last had a conversation with my audiologist he said that the latest research on hearing loss and tinnitus seemed to indicate that the problem was in the brain not the actual ears. I had always been lead to believe that damage to the cochlear was the culprit. He explained that researchers believed that the audio processing centres in the brain are not functioning as they should but they hadn't yet worked out why. This could explain Charlie's problem with too sensitive hearing and The Pom with no hearing loss even though exposed to loud noise. Food for thought.
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