It’s time to check your hearing
There are 3.5 million Australians currently living with hearing loss.
Most Australians are unaware that it’s noise in the workplace, at concerts, pubs and clubs, or simply at home in the garden which, if left unchecked, could have a permanent impact on your hearing.
The good news is, noise induced hearing loss is a highly preventable condition.
Check your ears
Hearing loss affects about one in six Australian’s and according to the World Health Organisation, this is set to rise to a quarter by 2050. At Hear and Say, we want everyone to be thinking about the health of their ears, be it the level you are hearing at now or how the activities you are enjoying today will impact you in the future.
Noise-induced hearing loss is a serious concern, with concerts, construction sites, pubs and other loud environments all having the potential to adversely affect your hearing.
Making a conscious effort to consider warning signs that may indicate a hearing loss as soon as possible, will mean the issue can be addressed and will result in better outcomes.
Consider the following 10 warning signs for yourself or your loved ones, and if concerned, visit a local GP to obtain a referral for a hearing test.
Ten signs you should check your hearing
- Partner, parental, friend or work colleague concern about a hearing ability
- Speech or language delay or difficulty
- Inappropriate responses to requests or questions (eg: regularly asking ‘what?’ or ‘huh?’)
- Difficulty hearing in one or both ears when on the phone
- Not startling to very loud sounds or asking for the volume to be turned up on electronic devices, such as the television
- Unable to detect what direction sounds are coming from
- Inattentiveness, daydreaming
- Frequently asking for repetition or difficulty following directions
- Watching others for visual cues
- Academic or work difficulties and/or, for children/teens, behavioral problems
Protect your ears
Hear and Say recommend wearing ear protection such as Happy Ears when in noisy environments such as music concerts or when using the lawn mower.
Happy Ears are an improvement on the high-quality (but generally pricey) earplugs already available today. Their unique construction combines excellent noise reduction and sound reproduction.
Ordinary earplugs tend to muffle both lower and higher frequencies, which can lead to a tinny, muddy sound. Happy Ears, on the other hand, provide an average noise reduction of 25dB across all frequencies. This means the earplugs protect the ears from harmful noises while also retaining good sound quality and feeling.
Happy Ears are available in Small (Red) Medium (White) or Large (Black) and come in a custom made case so you can keep your Happy Ears in your bag or pocket.
Purchase your Happy Ears using this link and 25% of any purchase will be donated back to Hear and Say.
At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born.
The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.
Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.