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15.3% of Australians or 3.95 million Australians in 2019-2020 have hearing loss (often permanent) to varying degrees. It is estimated that hearing loss will increase to 4.4 million cases by 2025 and to 7.8 million cases by 2066 (almost double the current number).
HCIA Hearing for Life – The value of hearing services for vulnerable Australians – March 2020 prepared by Deloitte Access Economics for HCIA.
It is often family members, doctors, colleagues and friends who first take notice of the hearing loss as it gets in the way of their social and personal interactions when they must give repeats, speak louder and/or lean in closer to be heard properly. It is often frustrating and really hard for both parties to connect. When the TV is up and the phone is on loud speaker, it could be time to find out how hearing aids can really help make conversations easier.
Unfortunately many people spend too long (often 7-10 years) ignoring and/or denying (including deflecting responsibility of) their hearing loss with all manner of excuses and we often experience isolation, depression, paranoia, emotional instability, thinking troubles and earlier onset of cognitive declines until we realise and accept it is "bad enough" or "time" to do something about it, so we decide to help ourselves and only wish we did something about it sooner! Our hearing improvements are often really appreciated by those we interact with - after all, we all want to feel heard and listened to in meaningful ways, for a more vital life and to contribute more within interactions!
Intervention with amplification has been shown to improve long term quality of life measures, reduce fatigue from effortful and often strained listening and delaying the onset of cognitive related disorders. There are many misconceptions and concerns which can be discussed openly and often worked through to gain a better mutual understanding of how we all hear and may hear better.
The best outcomes are obtained when there is a commitment to use the aids regularly so as to acclimatise properly to a new world of sound and discover more benefits in daily interactions and not merely have a good-hearing drawer (PSA-this is not where hearing aids belong!). There has never been a better time to learn more about the customisable, modern, slim and technologically advanced Hearing Aids of today which are more comfortable, light-weight, appealing and discrete than ever before! (They make for excellent spyware, for all you secret agents out there). Ask Louise, your trusted, local, responsive, caring and approachable Audiologist for more details!
Many people report greatest satisfaction with their hearing of the array of sounds of life with properly fitted hearing aids and realistic, yet positive and professionally-guided expectations. As an Audiology professional of many years, I am committed to provide testing services and devices which are truly customised to best meet your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget. After all, don't we all want to hear easily, have others be heard clearly and not pay too much for the privilege?
None of us have the great hearing we had as a baby. Over 70% of those who are 70 years old have some form of hearing loss, most often the type which is stable and filters high pitch sounds (think of these letters: f, s, th, sh, k, t) more and more over time (especially if we are exposed to loud sounds). Some of us can attribute hearing loss to our genetics and sometimes we do not know the cause, however, we need to fix it so we do not miss out on sounds we deserve to hear! (And then selectively listen to, because we are human!)
With the unpredictability of the world, we do not need to second guess our hearing in person, on Zoom or FaceTime or with our favourite tunes or shows. Thankfully we have multi-directional, bluetooth enabled, app-adjustable, tiny, clever, modern, long-lasting hearing aids available to try before you buy. These effectively boost the soft sounds (including those masked voices) and do not over-amplify loud sounds-to give us our lifeline of hearing back with as much comfort and ease as possible, in an increasingly more intelligent way!
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Tinnitus is a condition where people experience noises in the ears or head when no physical noise is present. Each individual’s tinnitus experience is unique and commonly tinnitus is described as a ringing, buzzing, humming, cicadas, roaring, waves rolling or whistling in the ears. It is often affected by noise, stress or tiredness. It is usually 3-10dB louder than the softest sound a person can hear.
The term tinnitus is Latin in origin and means ringing or tinkling like a bell. Tinnitus typically arises in the auditory system as a result of hearing loss which may have a number of causes. Tinnitus can be a symptom of a problem within your auditory system and is often associated with hearing loss. Once the signal is generated in the auditory system, the limbic system, attaches an emotional response to the tinnitus and it becomes more than just a sound.
Most people experience tinnitus at least once in their lifetime. Approximately 20% of the Australian adult population experience some form of tinnitus varying from mild to severe and often it is constantly there. For people over the age of 55, the incidence increases to over 30%. For many people the tinnitus experienced is of mild annoyance and only a temporary experience. It is also common for tinnitus to fluctuate and for some it is less bothersome (and sits in the background) when they are calm, relaxed, well-rested and focused on other tasks or sounds. If tinnitus has been constant for 6 months or longer, it is likely to stick around.
Over time, often tinnitus appears to lessen and become quieter, people often become more used to it and only hear it if they specifically listen for it. This process is known as habituation and is the goal of tinnitus management. Not only does the tinnitus become less noticeable but the degree of distress and annoyance associated with the sound is also decreased. Many people habituate to their tinnitus spontaneously whereas for others their tinnitus becomes intrusive and causes increasing irritation and distress. In these cases tinnitus can be an unpleasant condition which can impact significantly on general well-being, and can have a negative impact on people’s work, family and social life.
Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of factors making each individual case unique
There are often no medical or surgical solutions for tinnitus, but there are successful strategies to help you manage it. If it is affecting your quality of life (e.g. severe sleep problems), please seek help from your GP to ascertain the cause of your tinnitus when possible.
Lifestyle changes-Avoidance of the following may help your level of tinnitus remembering each case is unique and tinnitus is highly variable person to person:
Dietary Changes (which have helped some people):
Other Relaxation techniques
Build your own collection of relaxing sounds-explore what sounds make you feel most relaxed. This may include music or nature sounds especially those with sea, surf, rain, waterfalls and running streams. Some such resources may be available at your local library, online or within free relaxation apps including Widex Zen Tinnitus App or Starkey Relax app.
Mindfulness/deep breathing-Try this to help you be calm and counter negative thoughts with neutral or positive thoughts so as to not alert your limbic system and exacerbate the tinnitus.
Improve your sleep routine-have a standard sleep & wake time, have a comfortable bedroom temperature and maintain darkness, don't watch tv, eat or read in bed and have a set bedtime routine. If tinnitus is stopping you from getting to sleep, you can try using a timed sound with a 30 minute sleep function on a clock radio or with Tinnitus apps listed above. Once asleep, tinnitus will not wake you up. An outside environmental noise (i.e. cat fight in the middle of the night, fast car noise, etc) may wake you up but tinnitus may prevent you from going back to sleep. Use the timed (hopefully relaxing) sound to put you back to sleep again.
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)-may also help with relaxation if you find you are struggling with your tinnitus. Consult a clinical psychologist to help change the way you think about your tinnitus and you will learn to cope more effectively.
Hearing aid masker sounds-modern hearing aids have a particular setting which can activate a sound from the aid which blends with your tinnitus (so you hear both tinnitus and the 'masker' sound-which can be white noise, ocean-like sounds, or shaped to better match with the tinnitus sound). The masker sound can be turned up or down with the volume controls (if programmed accordingly) and people find this useful as a therapy for when they are bothered by their tinnitus and not in a conversation, but rather doing something in quiet such as reading.
For more information:
Tinnitus Australia https://tinnitusaustralia.org.au/
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