About you - Health and Hearing

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About you

Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate on age, gender or race. In Australia alone, one is six people suffer from hearing impairment. And you don’t have to be a senior citizen to have hearing loss either, although you are more likely to suffer hearing impairment if you are over 70. No matter your age, if you think you have hearing loss, you’ve come to the right place. To make the information gathering easier for you, we have separated it depending on what we think you might be looking for, including:

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Hearing impairment is socially debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be. Modern hearing aids can improve your quality of life, help you reconnect with your loved ones and bring back the life you once had. We are particularly passionate about invisible hearing aids, so no one but you will know you are wearing one.[/full_width_section]

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I think I have some hearing loss…

Common signs that people with hearing loss have include:

  • Turning up the TV so that people around you complain about it being too loud
  • A belief that everyone is mumbling so you always ask people to repeat what they said
  • Complaints of constant ringing noise in one or both ears (tinnitus)
  • Struggling to hear or hold conversations in background noise, e.g. restaurants, busy streets, social occasions.
If you have these common signs, it’s likely that you have hearing loss. You can take our online hearing test, call our clinic on 07 3366 9355 or email us to arrange a free hearing test in one of our clinics in Ashgrove, Chermside, Cannon Hill or Lawnton.  You may even like to see your doctor first and ask them to complete this form so that you can bring it to your first appointment. Depending on your circumstances, you may find yourself in the below table, which will provide more information about your hearing impairment and might also help you decide what your next step should be.

Who are you?Retired veteransYoung diggersPensionersSelf-funded retirees
What is your lifestyle?Enjoy light sporting activities and have a fairly active social lifestyle.Enjoy vigorous team and individual sports and a very active social lifestyle. Have a young family.Enjoy light sporting activities and have a fairly active social lifestyle.Enjoy light to moderate sporting activities and have a very active social lifestyle.
Level of hearing lossFrom mild to severeFrom mild to moderateFrom mild to severeFrom mild to severe
What hearing aids style will suit you?Ultra-small behind-the-earMicro completely-in-the-canal hearing aidUltra-small behind-the-earMicro completely-in-the-canal hearing aid OR
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Hearing aid features
  • Fits a wide range of hearing loss

  • Most discrete behind the ear style

  • Remote control and wireless accessory options

  • Nano coating for more protection against dust and sweat
  • Fits mild to moderate hearing loss

  • Virtually invisible

  • Reduced occlusion or ‘blocked feeling’ compared to other in the ear devices

  • Nano coating for more protection against dust and sweat
  • Fit a wide range of hearing loss

  • Most discrete behind the ear style

  • Remote control and wireless accessory options

  • Nano coating for more protection against dust and sweat
  • Fit a wide range of hearing loss

  • Most discrete behind the ear style

  • Remote control and wireless accessory options

  • Nano coating for more protection against dust and sweat
  • Affordability
  • The Defence Force may offer a high level of rebate.

  • You may be eligible for a tax and health insurance rebate for any out of pocket expenses. Please check with your tax agent and health insurer.
  • The Defence Force may cover the cost of your hearing aids.

  • You may be eligible for a tax and health insurance rebate for any out of pocket expenses. Please check with your tax agent and health insurer.
  • The Federal Government offers a modest rebate for Pensioners.

  • You may be eligible for a tax and health insurance rebate for any out of pocket expenses. Please check with your tax agent and health insurer.
  • You may be eligible for a tax and health insurance rebate for any out of pocket expenses. Please check with your tax agent and health insurer.

    Remember, we are only a phone call or email away. If you are suffering from hearing loss, you are not alone. Call our clinic on 07 3366 9355 or email us to arrange a free hearing test in one of our clinics in Ashgrove, Chermside, Cannon Hill or Lawnton. You may even like to see your doctor first and ask them to complete this form so that you can bring it to your first appointment. We are particularly passionate about invisible hearing aids, so no one but you will know you are wearing one.

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    I know someone who has hearing loss

    Whether it is your partner, your parent or a friend, suspecting hearing loss can be challenging. You may be thinking of ways to talk to your loved one about this, but don’t know how to approach it. You may be wondering if their hearing is impaired.

    How do I know if my loved one has hearing loss?

    Common signs that people with hearing loss have include:

    • Turning up the TV so that people around them complain about it being too loud
    • A belief that everyone is mumbling so they always ask people to repeat what they said
    • Complaints of constant ringing noise in one or both ears (tinnitus)
    • Struggling to hear or hold conversations in background noise, e.g. restaurants, busy streets, social occasions.

    If these sound familiar, then your loved one probably has some level of hearing loss.

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    What can I do about it?

    How you approach this conversation is important. It can be very confronting for people to admit they have hearing loss and the thought of using hearing aids for the rest of their lives can be devastating. Luckily, today’s modern technology has come a long way, and hearing aids these days are small (often invisible) and can integrate seamlessly into a variety of devices (mobile phones, music players etc) through Blootooth®.

    Because you know your loved one best, you will probably already have ideas as to how you might approach this conversation initially. In addition, here are some suggestions we often give to our clients and their loved ones:

    Research suggests—early intervention is crucial

    In recent years, researchers have discovered there are scientific reasons to address hearing loss earlier. Seniors with hearing impairment are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.

    In a large study over some 20 years, researchers found that patients with hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia and this likelihood increased as the degree of hearing loss increased. Although the exact reason for the link is unknown, scientists suggest that it may come from the strain of trying to decode sounds over the years, which overwhelms the brain of people with hearing loss, making them less likely to engage in social situations and therefore more socially isolated and more vulnerable to dementia. Low levels of social engagement have long shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Whatever the cause, these findings may offer a starting point for interventions—even as simple as hearing aids—that could delay or prevent dementia by improving patients’ hearing.

    Your loved one is lucky to have you and your caring nature, so don’t delay, and help them investigate their hearing loss by making an appointment for a free hearing test at Health & Hearing or call our clinic on 07 3366 9355.  You may even like to see your doctor first and ask them to complete this form so that you can bring it to your first appointment. We are particularly passionate about invisible hearing aids, so no one but the person wearing the hearing aid will know they are wearing one.


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    I am too young to have hearing loss — but I’m struggling

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    The realisation of hearing loss at any age can be potentially devastating. This can be further amplified if the person is younger than traditionally expected, i.e. under 60. If this is you, then here are a few things you need to know:

    1. Hearing loss can happen at any age, and often, mild hearing loss starts in early forties.
    2. Environmental factors such as exposure to noise, through the type of job you have or listening to loud music, can damage your hearing.
    3. Exposure to toxins, including side effects of some medication can also damage your hearing.
    4. Hearing loss is linked to dementia and early intervention may also prevent dementia.
    5. Clunky and large hearing aids are a thing of the past. Luckily, today’s modern technology has come a long way and hearing aids these days are small (often invisible) and no one has to know that you are wearing them. New technology also allows seamless integration into a variety of devices (mobile phones, music players etc) through Blootooth ®. We are particularly passionate about invisible hearing aids and have several options on offer.
    6. You can take our online hearing test in the privacy of your own home to help you determine if you have hearing loss.
    7. We offer free hearing tests at Health & Hearing that are also obligation free, no pressure. Call us on 07 3366 9355 to arrange an appointment or click here to email us.
    8. We are proud to be independent, which means we work hard to find the best treatments from the full range of available solutions, including tinnitus management, rehabilitation, counselling, and hearing aids from all leading manufacturers. Check out our range of hearing aids here.

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    Research suggests—early intervention is crucial

    In recent years, researchers have discovered there are scientific reasons to address hearing loss earlier. Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.

    In a large study over some 20 years, researchers found that patients with hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia and this likelihood increased as the degree of hearing loss increased. Although the exact reason for the link is unknown, scientists suggest that it may come from the strain of trying to decode sounds over the years, which overwhelms the brain of people with hearing loss, making them less likely to engage in social situations and therefore more socially isolated and more vulnerable to dementia. Low levels of social engagement have long shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Whatever the cause, these findings may offer a starting point for interventions—even as simple as hearing aids—that could delay or prevent dementia by improving patients’ hearing.
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