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What Did You Say?!

Hearing loss is more common than you may believe. Present research indicates that 1 in every 6 people in Australia has a hearing loss. By 2050 that number is expected to grow to 1 in 4 people.

However, despite the very significant number of people with hearing loss only 11% have hearing aids to assist them. Why? Research also indicates that there are a number of factors that prevent people from taking that initial step to improve their hearing. These ‘old school thoughts’ are listed below - perhaps you may be familiar with some or all of these?

  1. Not being aware that you’re hearing is impacting upon your daily life - aside from others who do not speak clearly?
  2. Denial. It’s very common that people choose to deny that they have a hearing loss for many reasons
  3. Preconceived thoughts about hearing aids and other people’s reports about challenges they have had
  4. Only ‘old’ people wear hearing aids
  5. The ‘look’ of a hearing aid is concerning and too obvious to others
  6. Cost of hearing aids being prohibitive

Over the past 10 years there has been substantial improvement in hearing aid technology in both the cosmetics and function. Hearing aid manufacturers have re-engineered hearing aids to truly meet the needs of clients. New technology is significantly more aggressive at dealing with challenging environments such as clubs or restaurants and automatically adjusting to the situation so that no fiddling is needed. The new technology alleviates clients’ concerns relating to the ‘look’ of hearing aids - so much so that many people are amazed that their hearing aids are almost invisible to others. Community Pharmacy can also organise amazing hearing aid technology at budget prices to suit your needs.

In late 2013 research emerged that strongly related hearing loss to significant increases in dementia with elderly clients over 70 years of age. This research has certainly made Audiologists focus helping their clients build strong hearing aid habits by motivating frequent wearing, providing hearing aid trials for ambivalent clients and giving supporting information to agencies that see people over the age of 55 years. Community Pharmacy’s involvement in a hearing program supports early intervention in hearing related concerns.

Over the past few years we have steadily noticed that clients are now receiving their first pair of hearing aids in their mid 60’s. The results have been overwhelmingly positive for both the clients and their family. As with all medical or ageing conditions the earlier it is treated the better the result. Hearing is vitally important to maintain normal social relationships and lifestyle activities. Hearing well allows comfortable enjoyment and relaxation in social environments. If you or others are concerned about your hearing - take the easy step to get your hearing tested. Call Community Pharmacy for a free hearing screening.

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