Hearing

Hearing loss is a common problem that often develops with age or is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises.

Here at South Coast Hearing Care I want to address peoples hearing concerns before their enjoyment of social situations is affected by their reduced hearing.

Common signs that you may have a hearing loss include

  • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • Often mishearing what people are saying
  • Listening to TV or music at a higher volume than others feel is comfortable
  • Avoiding noisy social situation for fear of not hearing or mishearing what people are saying
  • Missing the doorbell and/or phone bell ringing
  • Often feel that people are mumbling or not speaking clearly

If you experience a sudden change in your hearing it is important that you see your GP as soon as possible so further investigations can be carried out.

Ear

Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural: Usually occurs naturally with age or as a result of an injury. The delicate hair cells found inside the cochlear are damaged and unable to send the sound signals to the brain.

Conductive: When sounds are unable to pass from the outer ear to the inner ear often as a result of a blockage. Types of blockage include wax, glue ear, infection or perforated eardrum.

It is possible to have a combination of both hearing losses, this is known as a mixed loss.

Treatment

Treating hearing loss depends greatly on its location, cause and how long it has been present for. Most sensorineural hearing losses can be successfully improved by the use of a hearing aid.

Your Choices

It is important for anyone considering a hearing aid to know that there are choices available. Everyone is entitled to a free NHS hearing test and, if appropriate, NHS hearing aids. There is often a long wait to be seen by your local Audiology Department after the GP referral, and should you require hearing aid you will have no choice over the style, design or level of technology.

At South Coast Hearing Care you can refer yourself for an assessment which is carried out in the comfort of your own home at a time that is convenient to you, including evenings and weekends. I allow plenty of time for each assessment so I can give each client the time that they deserve.