The ability to hear and communicate is an important part of our lives.
When a hearing loss is experienced it often leads to the person withdrawing from many of thier normal activities.
Often a hearing loss is mostly noticed by friends or work mates before the person with it is ready to address or come to terms with it.
Sudden sensorineural (inner ear) hearing loss (SSHL), commonly known as sudden deafness, is an unexplained, rapid loss of hearing either all at once or over a few days. Read about a tragic misdiagnosis of Sudden Hearing Loss.
Hearing aids come in various styles including -:
The technology constantly evolves and many new types of aids are waterproof or water resistant enabling an active lifestyle as we have on the Gold Coast. The constant evolution of hearing aids means that anyone who has previously worn them without success should consider looking at the modern quality aids across various brands.
Many of the Hearing Aid brands in Australia are European companies. The prices for hearing aids is often difficult to determine as very few websites display prices across different brands. One site shows Hearing Aid Prices (www.HearingAidPrices.com.au) across various brands and is a useful place to research and make comparisons.
It is important to get the correct care and fitting. There are usually a number of appointments made to get fitted with hearing aids. Depending on the style of aid a special mold is created for you personally.
All aids need to be programmed to your specific hearing loss and not all hearing aid styles are suitable for every type of hearing loss.
Never purchase a hearing aid over the Internet - the fitting and care of a qualified professional is required.
Prices in regional areas can be inflated if there is little competition - hence being aware of prices before you have a test is important, because usually a test done with an audiologist is not used by someone else as quality audiologists like to use their own calibrated equipment. Also many of us feel obligated when someone has spent time with us so ensure you have done your research before hand. You can use an independent hearing aid referral site to have them find a good audiologist in your area.
Videos courtesy of Hearing Aids Australia