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Hearing Health

Hearing impairment affects 1 in 10 Kiwis. While hearing loss is most commonly age-related, some other common causes include:

  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • A side-effect of medication
  • Illness
  • Prolonged exposure to loud noise

Not all hearing loss is the same, so not all treatments should be the same. That’s why we’re committed to diagnosing your hearing problems accurately, so we can offer you the best treatment.

Has your hearing loss started to impact your life? Book an appointment with our hearing specialists today for a full hearing assessment and the right recommendations.

How Hearing Works

The structure of the inner ear is fascinating, but how exactly does hearing work?

ear-anatomy

  • Sound waves are collected – the outer ear collects sound waves and funnels them through the ear canal.
  • Sound waves reach the middle ear – this is made up of the eardrum and three tiny bones. Sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate and sets the bones in motion.
  • The stirrup bone vibrates against the fluid-filled cochlea – this causes thousands of sensory ‘hairs’ to bend. The movement of these ‘hairs’ creates signals that are transmitted via nerves to the brain’s hearing centre and interpreted as sound.

Hearing is a complex and delicate process, which is why only experienced health professionals can accurately diagnose and treat your hearing problems – get in touch today.

Tinnitus

If you suffer from Tinnitus, you’ll know it can greatly affect your quality of life. But what is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is often described as a ‘ringing in the ears’ – it’s a perceived sound from inside the ears or head, not generated from any outside source. It can sound like ringing, buzzing, hissing, waves or crickets.

The volume of the sound can range from barely audible to very loud – enough to be annoying or even debilitating. The good news is that it’s treatable by a healthcare professional – the earlier you seek treatment, the better the outcome.

Treating Tinnitus

Once your Tinnitus has been thoroughly assessed your Dilworth audiologist can draw on a range of different methods to help you manage and treat it:

  • Hearing aids
  • Sound-generating devices
  • Tinnitus maskers
  • Relaxation therapy

Don’t let suffering from Tinnitus rule your life, speak to us about management options now.

Hearing Tips

Protect your hearing for life

Prolong the health of your hearing with these handy tips:

  • Have a full assessment as soon as you notice any change in your hearing ability.
  • If you experience sudden hearing loss or deterioration, seek medical help immediately.
  • Report any discharge, swelling or discomfort in your ear canal to your doctor or to an audiologist.
  • If you have dermatitis in your ears, see a doctor and avoid wearing your hearing aids until the condition has resolved.
  • Don’t use cotton buds to clean your ears. They can push wax deeper into your ear canal and damage your eardrum. Instead, see our ear nurse for safe ear cleaning.
  • Protect your hearing with earmuffs in any situation that involves moderate or louder noise levels. Activities like mowing the lawn or using a chainsaw can damage your hearing.

Get in touch with Dilworth Hearing today if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss.

Advice on communication skills

Communication skills can make a huge difference. These simple communication strategies can help – whether you or someone close to you has hearing problems.

People with hearing loss:

  • Face the person you are talking to and make an effort to listen carefully.
  • Use visual cues (e.g. gestures, body language) to help understand what is being said.
  • Ask people to repeat themselves, rephrase and speak slowly.
  • Anticipate situations where hearing may be difficult and plan in advance.
  • Get meeting agendas in advance.
  • Read reviews or synopses of plays or movies before attending.
  • Try to meet friends in quiet venues when possible, or ask to be seated away from sources of noise.

Communicating with someone with hearing loss:

  • Face the hearing impaired person when speaking.
  • Speak clearly and slowly, but try to keep your speech natural – shouting will make you harder to understand
  • Say the person’s name before starting a conversation.
  • Try to rephrase when you’re asked to repeat yourself, as this can make you easier to understand.
  • If you are giving specific information such as times, address or phone numbers, ask the person to repeat back to you, or write it down.