Recognising hearing loss

What is hearing loss?

Today one in six Australians have some degree of hearing loss.

How to recognise hearing loss?

Here are some of the signs to watch for that might indicate that your loved one has a hearing loss:
  • Sometimes, those with hearing loss misunderstand what people are saying, causing some ideas, sentences or thoughts not to make sense, which can create confusion
  • Are they tired or fatigued at the end of the day. This may be caused by the extra effort it takes to hear conversations
  • They have difficulty following a conversation if two or more people are talking at once
  • They no longer enjoy eating out at restaurants because they're too noisy
  • They find it difficult to hear women’s and children’s voices
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Hearing loss signs and symptoms

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Remember, hearing loss often occurs gradually. It’s not unusual for people to accommodate and ignore these signs. If more than two or three of the symptoms of hearing loss apply to you or someone you care about, it would be a good idea to get your hearing tested. Make every day count: book your free hearing test at your local National Hearing Care clinic.

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