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The seven early warning signs of hearing loss – and why they should not be ignored.

Nov 26, 2021

We all take our hearing for granted until we suddenly find ourselves straining to hear conversations or missing some of our favourite sounds. It can be difficult to notice a change in the quality of your hearing at first, but by understanding the seven early warning signs you can be aware of what to watch out for and seek help before it’s too late.

Hearing loss affects approximately 37% of Aussies aged between 61-70 years, and more than 80% of those older than 85. What’s even more surprising is that only one in four people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually have one and there is an average of seven years between a person needing help with hearing and actually seeking help.

Hearing problems that are, which is why it is so important to get help as soon as possible. If you, or your loved one is concerned about hearing loss, this can be quickly and easily addressed with the expert team at Audika. Backed globally by more than 115 years of audiology expertise and leadership, Audika delivers expertise, care, technology and value for every ear.

Let’s uncover seven early warning signs so you can take action early on and maintain the quality of your life you can live in your 60s, 70s and beyond.

1. Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly.

This is perhaps the most common early sign that your hearing is no longer what it used to be – you are constantly having trouble following conversations and need to ask the other person to slow down and speak more clearly and loudly.

2. Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio.

The second tell-tale sign that something is not quite right with your hearing is if the TV is never quite loud enough, or if you really have to crank up the radio to hear the news. Your friends and family may also notice this change, too.

3. Missing everyday sounds

Take a moment and think— can you still hear birds singing or crickets chirping? Are you able to hear your car’s turn signal when you’re indicating? Are you having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices when they speak?

If any of the above sound familiar, you may be suffering from high-frequency hearing loss. These higher-pitched sounds and voices register at frequencies of 2,000 Hz or higher and are often the first sounds to disappear when you are not hearing so good anymore.

4. Difficulty following conversations, especially against background noise or in a crowd.

Do you find yourself concentrating hard to understand what’s being said, especially in crowded places such as restaurants, shopping centres or at family events? While this does happen to all of us, especially in really crowded settings, if you find it difficult to follow conversations and want to avoid noisy, social situations all together, then this could very well be an early warning sign that something is wrong.

5. Trouble hearing consonants.

Are you finding it hard to distinguish like-sounding words such as “show” or “slow”, “cash” or “cat”? Early warning signs of hearing loss can mean that the consonant sounds of S, F, Th, Sh, V, K, and P are hard to differentiate.

As a result, you may misunderstand people and respond inappropriately, or think that people are mumbling. In other words, you can hear everything that’s being said, but you don’t quite understand

6. Effort to listen that tires you out

Did you know that the brain is responsible for processing the sounds that enter your ears? When your auditory system is compromised, it takes a lot more effort for your brain to interpret the sound it receives. As a result, you may end up feeling mentally exhausted after a conversation.

7. Ringing in the ears

Are you hearing a constant ringing sound in your ears? Or perhaps you’re experiencing other noises such as buzzing, humming or clicking in your head when no other physical noise is present?

This condition is also known as tinnitus and is a common symptom in people who have some form of hearing loss or hearing problem.

What should I do if I have one or more of the above symptoms?

Whether you’re experiencing a few of the above symptoms, or are simply concerned, the best thing you can do is reach out to the hearing health care professionals at Audika.

Founded on care in 1904, Audika has a long history of making life-changing differences to over 250,000 customers. The expert team of clinicians at Audika understand that a better assessment leads to a better solution and that there’s no “one-size fits all” solution when it comes to your hearing health.

Step 1: Understand your hearing health

Take the first step to reaching your full hearing potential with a free hearing check at one of Audika’s 400 clinics. By using the latest technology and audiological equipment, you can be assured that you will receive an accurate and personalised assessment. And better yet, there’s no need to wait for the results either. At Audika you can enjoy the convenience of same-day results.

Booking in for a free hearing check at your local clinic is as easy as heading to Audika’s website and requesting an appointment online.

Step 2: Audika will tailor personalised and affordable hearing aid solutions

Knowing that you have a hearing problem can be scary, but that doesn’t mean you have to go through it alone. The friendly team at Audika is there with you every step of the way. From their wide range of superior hearing aids to ongoing aftercare services and flexible payment options, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’ll be receiving the best care for your ear.

Choose from a wide range of hearing aids

Audika offers a variety of hearing aid brands and styles with advanced features and technology. They work closely with leading hearing healthcare manufacturers which means you get access to all the latest advancements in hearing technology.

Their range of superior hearing aids are also designed for comfort and great sound quality. Featuring world-class brands such as Oticon, you can be confident that there is a solution for your hearing problem.

Buy with confidence

A hearing aid is a long-term investment and so you would want to be sure that you’re absolutely going to love it. This is why Audika offers a 60-day change of mind return policy, along with a 12-month hearing device loss and damage cover and 4-year hearing device warranty1. And better yet, as part of Audika’s commitment to providing exceptional value, you will also benefit from ongoing aftercare including adjustments and maintenance checks.

Flexible payment plans

Investing in your hearing has never been easier with Audika’s flexible payment options to suit your individual needs. From interest-free repayments to subsidised services under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program2 Audika offers a convenient and affordable way to purchase your new hearing aids.

Health Fund Members also save up to $2000 on a selected range of hearing devices. And if you have Private Health Insurance, for a limited time you can receive a discount4 of 20% off selected hearing aids. This is in addition to any government subsidies or Health Fund rebates you may be entitled to simply by showing your health fund card. Hurry ends 31 January 2022. Find out more.

So if you’ve been putting off getting your ears checked in a while, this is your sign to book into your free hearing check at your local Audika today and take control back of your hearing.

 

T&Cs

 1. 12 month Loss and Damage Cover and 4-year device warranty only applies to Oticon, Sonic & Bernafon hearing devices only, excludes accessories
2. Conditions apply under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program
3.  Free hearing check only available if you are over 26 years old.
4. Discount is off the normal Audika selling price of the hearing device after prior to eligible Health Fund benefits/applicable government subsidies being paid. Discount not available in conjunction with any other discount offers. Excludes any spend on accessories (such as re-charging units and remote controls), assisted listening devices, batteries and/or maintenance, consumables, spare parts, Ultimate Care package and any other service change. Present your health member card to redeem offer.Offer available until 31st January 2022.

 

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.

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Health Fund Members SAVE up to $2000 on a selected range of hearing devices. *T&Cs apply.

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