Understanding hearing loss

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Hearing health is vital to a person’s overall well-being. It is estimated that by the end of 2015, 1.1 billion people around the world will be affected by hearing loss — that’s about 16% of the world’s population. The numbers also show that on average, people with hearing loss wait as long as 10 years before seeking help.

Living life to the fullest includes focusing on your hearing health. It is all within reach.

Comfortably connected
The clearer we hear, the more we can make ourselves heard! Voices are our connection to the world and allow us to interact with friends, family and people around us. It’s our means of connecting as living beings. But ask yourself, what good is a voice if you can’t hear it?

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How to improve hearing

Now that you have taken the first step, beautiful things start to happen. Together with your hearing care professional we are here to guide you on your journey to better hearing and to make sure you get what’s best for you.

1. You talk
On your first visit, you do the talking and we’ll do the listening! We want to hear about how your hearing has changed and understand the challenges you’re facing. Once we do that, we can decide what steps to take next.

2. We’re listening
The second step is a hearing test, which will allow us to actually see what you hear! Once we establish what you’re hearing, we can start defining what areas you should be hearing too and commit ourselves to finding the best solution for your hearing loss.

3. Let’s decide
We take things like your family, work and social life into consideration before deciding which hearing solution is right for you. It’s important for us to help you find a solution that’s going to successfully cater to you and your specific needs.

4. Reconnecting
If you don’t use it, you lose it! Like many things in life, the same applies to your hearing. The longer you wait to address your hearing, the more difficult it is to regain the hearing that you’ve lost. That’s where hearing aids come in. These incredible little computers are designed to help you locate, identify and reconnect to sound.

5. Adjusting
Once you get reconnected, the fine tuning begins. Since your hearing aids are customized to fit your needs, they need to be optimized to make sure you stay tuned in, regardless of your whereabouts.

You’re worth it
Hearing aids are an investment in the quality of your everyday life. At the end of the day, you’re worth it.

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Help a loved one with hearing loss

Having a family member or someone close to you who is hard of hearing can be a challenge. In order to help the people you care for, it’s vital to build a support system to show them that the path to better hearing is closer than they think. We’re here to help you achieve just that because we understand the barriers that some people face when considering a hearing aid.

Thankfully the old-fashioned way of thinking is becoming less of an obstacle and there’s an increasing number of people who are ready to improve their quality of life with these brilliant pieces of technology.

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How to start the conversation
We've put a list of tips together to help you speak to someone about their hearing loss.

  • Better communication
    Good communication doesn’t have to be difficult
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  • Helping your parents
    Why you should help your parents
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  • Enjoy going out with loved ones
    Don’t let hearing loss change your lifestyle!
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Tinnitus

The constant companion
Let’s start by defining tinnitus — ‘the perception of sound in the absence of external sound’. What this basically means is that sounds, like ringing in the ears, whistling or buzzing, can only be heard by the person affected.
An estimated 10-15% of a population has tinnitus but most cases go untreated. This is due to a lack of information and the fact that most people are unaware of who will understand and assist them. While some cases are minor, some require more specific treatment to overcome possible long term effects. These may vary from sleep disorders and trouble focusing to stress or becoming socially reclusive.

What a relief
The effective approach
While millions of people experience the distress of tinnitus, only few are aware of the methods used to relieve themselves of this unwanted companion. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, you’ll be relieved to know that there are various effective forms of counseling and treatments available. Once you’re aware of it, the first step is to speak to a tinnitus specialist near you for more in-depth information.
The impact tinnitus has on my everyday life decreased tremendously — I can focus.

The principle behind tinnitus management
The aim of tinnitus management is to help you focus less on your tinnitus and provide you with relief
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What to expect
Who to consult and what to expect
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Bring sound to life.
Connect to your friends, family, and everything important to you.

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Online hearing test

Take our three-minute online hearing test
While there's no replacement for a consultation with a hearing-care expert, the online hearing screening can provide some quick and useful feedback about your hearing.

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