Get­ting your hear­ing checked

Hear­ing loss can de­velop at any time.

Central Otago Mirror - - PROFILE -

Sud­den changes in hear­ing are usu­ally quite ob­vi­ous, how­ever, many hear­ing prob­lems de­velop slowly over time and other peo­ple may be aware of a your hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties be­fore you are. If you an­swer YES to one or more of the fol­low­ing you should be as­sessed by an Au­di­ol­o­gist. Do you of­ten need to ask peo­ple to re­peat what they have said? Do you typ­i­cally have trou­ble un­der­stand­ing a con­ver­sa­tion or mis­hear peo­ple in a group or in the pres­ence of back­ground noise? Does it seem that peo­ple are reg­u­larly not speak­ing clearly or are ‘mum­bling’? When watch­ing tele­vi­sion do you need to set the vol­ume higher than other peo­ple to hear com­fort­ably? Do you be­come frus­trated or even to­tally avoid some so­cial oc­ca­sions be­cause there is too much noise or you can­not keep up with the con­ver­sa­tion? Can you be­come tired or stressed af­ter you have been lis­ten­ing or in a con­ver­sa­tion for an ex­tended time pe­riod? Do you find you need to be close to the speaker at meet­ings, sem­i­nars, restau­rants or in re­li­gious ser­vices to un­der­stand? Do you need to main­tain eye con­tact or see peo­ple’s faces to un­der­stand what they are say­ing? Do you find it dif­fi­cult to lo­cal­ize where sounds are com­ing from? Have your fam­ily or friends ques­tioned whether you have a hear­ing prob­lem? Au­di­ol­o­gists who are mem­bers of the New Zealand Au­di­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety (MNZAS) are spe­cial­ists at di­ag­nos­ing hear­ing prob­lems and the non-med­i­cal treat­ment of hear­ing loss. Treat­ment op­tions in­clude hear­ing aids, as­sis­tive lis­ten­ing de­vices, coun­selling and ed­u­ca­tion in lis­ten­ing skills. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.au­di­ol­ogy.org.nz or talk to your doc­tor who can sug­gest a suit­able au­di­ol­o­gist.

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