How do you know if you need Hearing Aids?

Audiologist Myrna Ward consults in Roxburgh Park and South Morang .

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In a world filled with captivating sounds, it’s disheartening when our ability to hear begins to fade. If you find yourself frequently asking others to repeat themselves or struggling to engage in conversations, it might be time to explore the possibility of hearing aids.

Recognising the signs:

Myrna Warda is an experienced audiologist from Active Audiology and reports “Hearing loss often develops gradually, making it challenging to notice the changes. However, there are signs that can alert you to a potential hearing impairment.”

Myrna further adds, “If you frequently find yourself turning up the volume on the television or radio, experiencing difficulty understanding conversations, or feeling isolated in social settings due to communication challenges, these could be indicators of hearing loss. Other signs include ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears (tinnitus) and struggling to hear high-pitched sounds like birdsong or the ring of a telephone”

The impact of untreated hearing loss :

Ignoring hearing loss can have significant consequences. Communication difficulties can strain relationships, leading to feelings of isolation and frustration. Studies have also linked untreated hearing loss to cognitive decline and an increased risk of developing conditions such as dementia. Additionally, diminished hearing can impact your overall well-being, hindering your ability to fully engage in activities and enjoy the world around you. Recognising and addressing hearing loss is essential for maintaining your quality of life and emotional well-being. Myrna reports that clients are often embarrassed and ashamed to ask others to repeat themselves.

“Many of my clients attend professional meetings. After a second time, they will stop asking someone to repeat themselves because it’s simply embarrassing”.

Benefits of hearing aids:

Hearing aids are remarkable devices that can transform your auditory experience. They are designed to amplify sounds, improve clarity, and enhance your ability to communicate effectively. With advanced technology, modern hearing aids are discreet, comfortable to wear, and offer customisable features to suit your specific needs. A recent client from Active Audiology was overwhelmingly happy when he was able to hear music again. He realised just how much he had been missing the individual differences between the violin and the viola. He was amazed at how aids had enriched his life by enabling him to hear the subtle differences in music.

Taking the next step:

If you suspect that you may need hearing aids, the first step is to schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment with a trusted hearing care professional. Select an independent clinic, someone who is unbiased in their technology recommendations. They will evaluate your hearing abilities, discuss your concerns and lifestyle requirements, and recommend the most suitable hearing aid options for you.

Active Audiology is located at South Morang and Roxburgh Park. Phone 03 9480 2228‬.