There is a direct link between hearing health and happiness.
Hearing Australia has urged more people to test their hearing health in 2021.
Taking care of hearing health can have many benefits, helping people stay active and involved with the world around them.
Anyone can help keep hearing health on the agenda by asking people 55 and over in their lives, “How’s your hearing?” – these are three simple words that could change someone’s life.
âWith hearing loss, you end up missing so much, even when you only have a normal conversation with your wife or children,â said Troy Ryan, Hearing Australia client.
“Do yourself and your family a favor by getting tested and getting a hearing aid early.”
According to digital health company Healthshare, there are several types of hearing loss, all of which impact our ability to interact with those around us.
When the brain cannot process sound, this is called an auditory processing disorder, which makes it difficult to understand speech and find out where the sounds are coming from.
Conductive hearing loss results from a problem with the outer or middle ear. Sound cannot pass through the inner ear due to an ear infection, a perforated eardrum, fluid in the ear, or earwax.
These conditions can usually be treated.
When the cochlea or the auditory nerve is damaged or malfunctioning, it is called sensorineural hearing loss. Electrical information is not transmitted accurately to the brain.
People with hearing loss can also have mixed hearing loss, including conductive and perceptual hearing loss.
Hearing loss has a real and measurable effect on people’s quality of life, says Hearing Australia.
Research across the world has shown how essential the ability to hear and communicate is for a person’s physical and mental well-being.
In the over 55 age group, hearing loss has been shown to have dramatic impacts on personal relationships, leading to loss of communication and intimacy and disengagement in social situations.
âWhen I hear better, everything is better in my life, including quality time with my partner, Mary, who prefers that I can respond to her without asking her to repeat herself all the time,â Graham West said, client of Hearing Australia.
Loss of spontaneity has been listed as one of the main complaints of people with hearing loss and their close partners.
Instant observations, chatter in everyday interactions, and even those three little words – “I love you” – have become problematic.
According to Healthshare, one in six Australians suffers from hearing loss, which can occur at any age, and knowing the symptoms is essential:
- difficulty hearing in loud places
- problems hearing conversations and understanding people’s speech
- not understanding people unless they are in front of you, or asking people to repeat themselves
- hear muffled sounds
- need to have full TV
- often missing your phone or doorbell
- hearing a constant buzzing or ringing
- find that loud noises are causing you more discomfort than before
Healthshare states that if you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor.