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FAQs - Typical Questions About Hearing Aids

I always thought that hearing problems were just associated with old age?

For many people, hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process, and the on set is so gradual that they aren’t aware that their hearing is deteriorating.  However, hearing loss can also be caused by ear infections, genetic medical conditions, illness, traumatic injury or prolonged exposure to noise.So protecting your hearing at all stages in life is a key component of protecting the long-term health of your hearing.


I can hear what people are saying around me but I don’t understand them! Does this make sense? 

Yes this does make a lot of sense. Hearing loss is not like listening to sounds with the volume turned down. Instead, you may notice that certain spoken sounds - like sh, th and f are more difficult to hear than others. That’s why people with hearing loss often say they can hear people talking but can’t understand what is being said. 


I have a few minor problems hearing and understanding but no pain. 

While most hearing losses do not cause physical pain, they can lead to social and psychological problems. These include a breakdown of communication, social isolation, employment difficulties, depression, frustration and loss of self-esteem. Untreated hearing loss in children can delay the development of speech, language and learning skills.  It is always advisable to seek medical advice if you have any concerns.


I feel I am showing signs of hearing loss but don’t know if I need to seek treatment or not? 

Hearing loss is one of the world’s most common health problems. It is also one of the most ignored problems, and this is unfortunate because hearing loss and its many psychological side effects are highly treatable.

If you suspect you may be experiencing hearing loss, consider these questions:

Do you often ask others to repeat themselves?  

Do you turn up the TV or radio louder than others prefer? 

Is it particularly difficult to understand conversation when there is background noise?

Does it seem as though others are mumbling when they speak to you?

Do you have difficulty following group conversations?  

Do you find it difficult to identify from which direction sounds are coming?

If you answer yes to any ot these questions, you may have a hearing loss.It is extremely important that you talk to us at North West Hearing Clinic so we can help determine the type and degree of your hearing loss and what course of action you can take.


I suffer from hearing loss and feel very isolated and frustrated in my circles of friends and in the workplace. 

The first thing to remember is that ‘you are not alone’. It’s important to know that approximately 1 in 10 people experiences some degree of hearing loss. However, about 90% of these people can be helped with the use of hearing instruments.  So it is important that you find the right product for you and this will help alleviate stresses associated with social situations or indeed in the workplace.



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