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Hearing health and well being

Taking care of yourself means taking care of your whole body from your physical to emotional and mental health. Hearing loss can affect all of these elements, making a huge impact on your overall wellbeing. Looking after your hearing can improve your communication, help make you more aware of your surroundings, and give you the confidence to participate in all aspects of everyday life. All it takes to start your hearing health journey is a simple hearing check.

Hearing loss is common, affecting 1 in 6 people

It can happen for any number of reasons, including injury or as part of the natural aging process. Hearing plays a fundamental role in our everyday life, affecting how we interact with our family, friends and workmates. That’s why it’s important to check your hearing, to make sure you’re not missing out on the important things in life.

Did you know?

It can take up to 7 years for one person to acknowledge or recognise they are having trouble with their hearing and actually making a hearing appointment.

Hearing affects other areas of your health and wellbeing, including self-esteem and some cognitive functions.

Noise is the leading cause of hearing loss.

1 in 3 people over the age of 65 experience hearing loss worldwide.

Men are more likely than women to experience hearing loss.

Early treatment can make a significant difference.

Checking your hearing health can be easy.

How do you spot hearing loss?

You, or someone you love might be having obvious trouble hearing. However difficulties with hearing can start out as subtle signs. Ask yourself the following:

  • Are you having trouble hearing on the telephone?
  • Do you avoid or find noisy areas irritating?
  • Are others complaining that you have the TV too loud?
  • Have you experienced noises or ringing in your ears?
  • Do you often ask people to speak up in busy cafes or restaurants?
  • Do you find yourself misunderstanding conversations?
  • Are you raising your own voice in conversations?
  • Have you noticed children or women’s voices are particularly difficult to understand?
  • Has a family member or close friend mentioned your hearing?

If you’re answering yes to two or more of these, you may be experiencing some kind of hearing loss.

Don’t stress, we’re here to help

Hearing loss is a widespread condition that has had plenty of research, tests and technology developed to help those suffering from minor to profound hearing loss. In general there are two types of hearing loss that you could be experiencing:


This is the most common type of hearing loss that occurs when there is a problem with the inner ear (cochlear) or auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss can happen for a number of reasons including age, exposure to extensive noise, infection or injury. This is generally a permanent form of hearing loss, but can be treated with the help of a hearing aid.


This happens when there is something restricting the eardrum from moving so sound cannot reach the inner ear. This could be caused by a blockage of earwax, fluid in the middle ear, abnormal bone growth, a perforated eardrum or an infection. Depending on the cause, this type of hearing loss may be temporary and could be rectified by surgery or hearing aids.

Workplace hearing loss

If you work in a field that has a lot of noise exposure, such as industrial or farming work, there’s a high chance that your hearing has been affected over the years. But not to worry, Central Audiology along with ACC can support you and decide whether you might be eligible to have part of your hearing aid cost covered.

First, come in for a free hearing check. From there we’ll determine whether or not you need a further consultation to get an in-depth look at your hearing. Once that’s done, we’ll determine how much of your hearing loss can be attributed to your work life and how much cover you could receive. We’ll help you with all of the paper work, and finding a hearing option that is discrete, and suits your needs so you can get back to work.

Need your hearing checked?

Your hearing health can get on track with an easy, half hour, free hearing check. One of our experienced team members will help you through the hearing check. We’ll give you all the information you need to know about your hearing, and help with any of your hearing health needs from there. We look after our clients, ensuring you’re given the best service, and that following any treatment you’re happy with the outcome. All you need to do is get in touch.

Start your hearing health journey today.