Hearing loss & tinnitus

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Hearing loss

Hearing loss affects over three million Australians, which is approximately 1 in every 6 people. This rate rises to two in every three Australians over the age of 65, however many who experience a mild to moderate hearing loss often feel they don’t need to act on it till it gets “bad enough”.

It is often family members and friends that first take notice of an individual’s hearing loss as the impact starts to affect social and personal interactions. Many people ignore or delay their hearing loss for a number of concerns or misconceptions. These reasons traditionally include the concern of how the hearing aid will look, feel or the associated costs.

With hearing aids becoming smaller and discreet and with approximately half of hearing aid wearers being below retirement age, there has been a huge growth of hearing aid wearers that boast successful outcomes and high satisfaction.

Early intervention of hearing loss has also shown to improve long term outcome, including reducing fatigue and delaying the onset of cognitive related disorders. A hearing loss is a lot more noticeable with colleagues, friends and family than a hearing aid which can be essentially invisible.

Key points

  • Hearing loss affects 1/6 people
  • Hearing aids are now smaller and more discreet
  • Approximately half of hearing aid wearers are below retirement age
  • Early intervention has shown to improve long term outcomes

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Audiological assessment

All our clinicians at Fidelity Hearing Centre are audiologists and are full members of both Audiology Australia and Independent Audiologists Australia and hold a Masters of Audiology Studies from the University of Queensland.

Our facilities are equipped with the latest in audiological diagnostic equipment, including sound treated rooms and booths across our various sites. As hearing issues can occur anywhere between your pinna/outer ear to your brain, the auditory pathway is assessed by various tests to ensure proper treatment and attention is given where necessary.

We also offer paediatric services and are able to accommodate for those with disabilities and with mobility issues.

We believe audiological assessments should be approached holistically, giving attention to both medical issues that relate to hearing and ear health as well as the emotional and social impact of an individual’s ear and hearing concerns.

Key points

  • Fully accredited audiologists
  • Latest audiological diagnostic equipment
  • Paediatric services available

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Tinnitus or ‘ringing in the ears’ is a very common complaint and can affect people of all ages. It can be caused or triggered by something as simple as an excessive buildup of wax or as complex as a tumour growing against the nerve that affects the face and hearing. It can also be a symptom that comes with natural aging, which may include hearing loss.

Most people find their tinnitus most noticeable when they are in a quiet environment but often don’t find it overly intrusive when they are kept occupied or in an environment with various sounds and noises.

For those who suffer from tinnitus, it is important to have a full audiological assessment to determine if more complex medical issues are at play and are therefore addressed accordingly. The good news is that there are various treatments for tinnitus, which can be discussed during an audiological assessment.

Key points

  • Also termed as ‘ringing in the ears’
  • Affects people of all ages
  • Full audiological assessment required
  • Various treatments available

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