Hearing loss in adults and older children

Hearing loss in adults and older children

Hearing loss is experienced differently from person to person. At Neurosensory, we understand the variable nature of this condition well, which is why we have the highest quality diagnostic services available. Our caring staff provide individualised hearing health solutions, tailored to your personal needs and lifestyle.

How can I tell if I have a hearing problem?
  • Does it seem like everyone is mumbling?
  • Do you often have to ask others to repeat themselves?
  • Is it hard for you to follow conversations in noisy environments, for example, cafes?
  • Is it difficult hearing high-pitched sounds and voices?
  • Can you hear people talk, but are not able to work out the words?
  • Are you missing the cue in conversations, and feeling embarrassed as a result?
  • Are you tending to read lips, rather than listen, in conversations?
  • Have others commented that your television or radio is particularly loud?
  • Do you often have ringing or buzzing in the ears?
  • Have people around you suggested you have a hearing problem?
What should I do next?

If you think you might have a hearing loss, call Neurosensory on our toll free number 1300 965 513.

How can I tell if my friend or family member has a hearing loss?
  • Do they accuse those around them of mumbling?
  • Are you having to repeat yourself to be heard by them?
  • Are you having to talk loudly in order to be understood by them?
  • Do they turn the television or radio up to a very loud level?
  • Are they missing conversation cues?
  • Do they struggle to hear others in a noisy setting?
  • Are they tending to withdraw from social activities?

The following questions may help clarify how the hearing loss is affecting your relationship [1]:

  1. Do you feel irritated that your loved one is not seeking help for their hearing loss?
  2. Do you think your irritation is exacerbating the problem?
  3. Do you feel angry having to repeat yourself?
  4. Does it upset you having to constantly update them on words they have missed in conversations, television etc
  5. Do you feel resentment playing that role?
  6. Do you avoid certain social situations on the request of your loved one as a result of the hearing problem? Does this upset you?
  7. Do you think that your loved one is prioritising vanity over their capacity to hear properly?  Does this make you feel resentful?
  8. Is the untreated hearing loss the source of arguments?

If you have answered yes to the questions listed, it may indicate that you and your loved one are having some emotional challenges as a result of the hearing loss. [1]

What should I do if a friend or family member has a hearing loss?

As historically many people have associated adult onset hearing loss with aging, there can be reluctance for people to identify with having a hearing impairment. Fearing the perceived stigma attached to hearing loss can delay people taking steps to seek help for their hearing problems.[2]

Friends and family members can, however, enable the problem further by compensating for the hearing loss of their loved ones.  Co-dependent behaviour from family members prevents people with hearing loss identifying the extent of the problem. [1]

“Many people with a hearing loss never realize how much communication they actually fail to understand or miss completely because you have become their ears.  However, it takes only a short time for them to realize that without your help, they’re in trouble. It is through this realization that one becomes inspired to take positive action to solve their problem.” [1]

It is recommended that you discuss the negative impact of the untreated hearing loss with your loved one, to ensure that they really appreciate why there is a need to address the hearing loss. [1]

What should I do next for a friend or family member?

If you think your loved one might have a hearing  loss, encourage them to call Neurosensory on our toll free number 1300 965 513

References

[1] Richard Carmen, Au.D. – ‘ When a Loved One Resists Help for Their Hearing Loss’ , Auricle Ink Publishers, Sedona, Arizona , http://www.betterhearing.org/aural_education_and_counseling/articles_tip_sheets_and_guides/hearing_loss_treatment/quality_of_life_detail.cfm

[2] Community Affairs References Committee, Hear us: Inquiry into Hearing Health in Australia’, 2010, Senate Committee Report