Four million Australians are hearing impaired
Hearing Awareness Week – from August 20-26 – focuses on the fragility of hearing health and ways to protect it.
It aims to eliminate the stigma, isolation, and the associated health issues to improve the overall quality of life for people with hearing impairment.
It is often described as the ‘invisible disability’.
This is partly because hearing aids tend not to be obvious and also because those affected are often isolated through lack of access to communications.
“We need Australians to understand the various degrees of hearing loss, ear and balance disorders and how to communicate effectively with people who are hearing impaired,” said audiologist Michael Gordon from Totalcare Hearing.
As technology advances, many people with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids.
These innovations have made a positive difference in the way they can communicate and enjoy their lives.
However, far too many people with hearing loss do not understand the positive health benefits from using hearing aids and are too embarrassed to try them.
People often wait for years before they seek help for their hearing loss.
They ignore the signs, which include turning the TV or stereo up so loud that others complain, frequently needing to ask others to repeat themselves and not being able to hear properly on the phone.
We know how hard it is to begin a conversation about hearing loss with a loved one, which is why we would like to offer a service to the community to educate the importance of hearing well.
When a relative starts using a hearing aid, their immediate family often notice that they start acting more independently and with improved confidence.
Age-related hearing loss influences an individual’s ability to hear warning signals such as sirens, smoke alarms, disaster warnings, on-coming cars and phones.
Throughout August, Totalcare Hearing are offering a FREE hearing health check.
Plus buy one, get one free Widex Passion D100 hearing aids when fitted.
Phone 1300 035 088 and take the next step to better hearing today.