Protect your hearing for life.
Prolong the health of your hearing with these handy tips:
- Have a full hearing 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 us today if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss.
Improve your 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.
If you think you may have hearing loss book a FREE hearing screening to get tested by one of our expert audiologists.
Hearing Loss strategies.
If you do have hearing loss, adopt the following strategies:
- 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.
If you are communicating with someone with hearing loss be patient and adopt the following strategies:
- 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 do.