Test your range

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ENT SPECIAL -

HEAR­ING loss is often grad­ual and sub­tle, hence com­monly ig­nored. Often, it can only be de­tected through care­fully per­formed hear­ing tests.

An in­di­vid­ual with hear­ing dif­fi­culty may feel that other peo­ple are mum­bling when speak­ing, reg­u­larly be told that the tele­vi­sion is turned up too loud, find group and tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions hard to fol­low, and often ask oth­ers to re­peat them­selves.

About 10% of the pop­u­la­tion is hear­ing im­paired. Sen­sorineu­ral dam­age ( nerve deaf­ness) is the most com­mon form of hear­ing loss.

Oti­tis media ( ear in­fec­tion) is the most com­mon cause of tem­po­rary hear­ing loss, which af­fects 70% of in­fants and young chil­dren.

Pres­by­a­cu­sis is the most preva­lent hear­ing loss that oc­curs with old age, lead­ing to speech dis­crim­i­na­tion dif­fi­culty.

Con­tin­ued ex­po­sure to loud sounds over a long pe­riod of time can ac­cel­er­ate per­ma­nent hear­ing loss.

How­ever, hear­ing in­stru­ments can im­prove hear­ing dif­fi­culty for ap­prox­i­mately 95% of those who are hear­ing im­paired. Who should be tested?

Every child should have a hear­ing assess­ment as soon as pos­si­ble after birth. Early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and in­ter­ven­tion is cru­cial for lan­guage de­vel­op­ment.

Every adult who is reg­u­larly ex­posed to high noise lev­els should have a hear­ing test at least once a year.

Every per­son who ex­pe­ri­ences the slight­est dif­fi­culty with hear­ing should un­dergo a hear­ing assess­ment for early de­tec­tion and in­ter­ven­tion to help pre­serve com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lis­ten­ing skills.

NewSound Hear­ing rec­om­mends an an­nual hear­ing health check for any­one above age 50 and every two years for those un­der 50 years old.

You can visit any of NewSound Hear­ing’s seven cen­tres in penin­su­lar Malaysia to re­ceive first- class ser­vice and the choice of the lat­est range of hear­ing aids.

NewSound Hear­ing of­fers ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vice so you are fully in­formed and able to make the right de­ci­sion for your­self.

When you pur­chase a hear­ing aid from NewSound Hear­ing, you will re­ceive a life­time of af­ter­care ser­vice that en­sures you get the best out of your hear­ing aids.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to make an ap­point­ment, call NewSound Hear­ing at 1800 188 882 or visit www. newsound. com. my.

Choose an ap­pro­pri­ate hear­ing aid for your con­di­tion at Newsound Hear­ing.

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