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Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is surprisingly common
with 1 in 6 Australians having some kind of hearing loss.

Hearing loss can impact a person in three main ways:

Social Withdrawal

Social withdrawal due to difficulties communicating with others.

Emotional Problems

Emotional problems caused by reduced self-esteem and confidence.

Fewer Opportunities

Fewer educational and job opportunities due to impaired communication.

If you answer


to any of the following questions, there is a chance that you may have some degree of hearing loss.

  • Do people seem to mumble or not speak clearly?
  • Do you frequently have to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Have you ever missed the door knocking or phone ringing?
  • Do you have trouble with conversations in crowded/noisy places?
  • Do people comment that the TV volume is too loud?
  • Do you have trouble hearing women and children?

How do we hear?

Hearing is a complex and extremely sensitive sense. The following video provides a visual explanation of how we hear.

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is categorised depending on which part of the hearing system is affected.

There are two types of hearing loss:

‘Conductive’ hearing loss is caused by obstructions or malfunctions in the outer or middle ear. It can be caused by middle ear infections and malfunctions, damaged ear drum and impacted ear wax.

‘Sensorineural’ hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. It can be caused by exposure to loud noise, diseases such as meningitis and the aging process.

Sensori-neural hearing loss is the most common age-related type of hearing loss. The following video provides a good over view of sensori-neural hearing loss.