If you have a loved one who is suffering from hearing loss, it can be tricky territory to navigate. Whether they are in denial, feeling self-conscious or resistant to the idea of hearing loss treatment, there is no doubt that your loved one will be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. Therefore, it’s important that you handle the situation in a sensitive and understanding manner. Here are some tips on how to approach a loved one about their hearing loss.
Many people think of hearing loss as a health problem. However, just as impaired vision can impact additional skills such as spatial awareness, hearing problems can impact far more than just your ability to hear. From communication with friends to your own self-confidence, untreated hearing loss can take a toll on your daily routine in many ways. Here are some of the “unexpected” effects of hearing loss often experienced by individuals with hearing impairments.
Whilst workplace hearing hazards are well regulated in Western Australia, this isn’t the only noise source responsible for the increase in hearing loss cases amongst Australians. In fact, it’s often the recreational noises that Australians unknowingly expose themselves to on a daily basis that can cause significant hearing loss. Whilst sound is an integral part of our daily lives, frequently exposing yourself to dangerously high levels of noise can lead to irreversible damage to the auditory system, leaving young Australians in need of a hearing solution before they hit middle-age. So what are these ‘hidden’ hearing hazards we may be exposing ourselves to?
Anyone at any age can run the risk of developing hearing loss due to noise exposure. However, certain individuals are exposed to loud sounds on a regular basis as a result of their occupation, putting them at a greater risk of damaging their hearing. If you’re exposed to noises in your everyday working environment due to loud machinery and equipment, you may be at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss and could be entitled to free hearing tests or hearing loss compensation. Your Perth hearing specialists will be able to advise you on how to prevent and treat noise related hearing loss to reduce your risk of developing long-term hearing damage.