Hearing Awareness Week (March 3-9)

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Hearing loss can be prevented and its impact reduced.

According to the World Health Organisation, over 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss. It's predicted that by 2050 nearly one in 10 people will have hearing loss.

Audio Clinic visited the Jack Young Centre (JYC) late February to conduct a ‘Life without hearing’ talk where participants learned some valuable information.

The following information is sourced from the World Health Organisation’s brochure:

HEARING LOSS: How to prevent it and to reduce its impact

What is hearing loss?

A person who is not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing is said to have hearing loss. It can vary in severity. A person with mild hearing loss may find it difficult to understand conversations in noisy places, such as a restaurant. Someone with moderate hearing loss has difficulty understanding regular conversations, unless voices are raised. Others who have severe hearing loss are unable to hear even very loud sounds close to their ears.

As an adult, you may have a hearing loss if:

  • you often ask people to repeat themselves
  • you tend to raise the volume of the radio or television
  • you regularly miss parts of conversations
  • you have a ringing sensation in the ear (tinnitus)
  • people tell you that you speak loudly.

What can you do to avoid hearing loss?

  • Do not insert any object into the ear
  • Use earplugs and earmuffs in noisy places
  • In case of any ear problems, consult a doctor immediately
  • Check if medicines you take can affect your hearing
  • Have your hearing tested regularly
  • If advised to do so, use a hearing device as indicated.