All age groups need to be aware of how to prevent hearing loss through careful medical management of ear conditions, healthy hearing behaviour and early attention to hearing loss.
Hearing loss may be from birth or acquired later in life, gradually or suddenly. It has a wide range of causes including hereditary or birth conditions, ear and virus infections, damage to the ear from noise or drugs, age related or damage from injury. Find out who we help.
Prevent or minimise hearing damage
Minimising exposure to loud noise and the use of hearing protection in any situation where noise reaches dangerous levels. Noise exposure occurs not only in noisy workplaces, but also in leisure activities including music at nightclubs, concerts, pubs, sporting events, fitness classes and listening on personal stereos. Protection against hearing damage includes:
- An understanding of the allowable safe noise exposure dose Whether at Work or leisure
- Limiting time spent in loud venues
- Use of noise cancelling head phones with personal stereo listening devices and ear plugs — properly inserted – or ear muffs for noisy Work and leisure situations
Medical intervention at any age for any ear condition such as ear infections, wax build up, head or ear area injury, any change in hearing or sudden loss of hearing should be sought from a General Practitioner and / or Ear Nose and Throat specialist as soon as they arise to minimise their imрасt.
Early intervention and attention to any change in hearing loss should be sought to avoid any possible effects of:
- Auditory deprivation and an increased difficulty in becoming accustomed to and using hearing aids or other devices
- An increased risk, as research indicates, of interpersonal and health problems.
Important things to know about early intervention and hearing loss
- Adults who experience a delay in recognising a change in their hearing and in seeking assistance, risk experiencing a range of psycho social problems associated with hearing loss.
- People with a hearing loss need to be provided with continued encouragement and support services to them to take early and effective action to manage their hearing loss. Early intervention minimising the potential impact of hearing loss on social life, employment opportunities, and health outcomes.
- Appropriate interventions include individual support to help with the recognition of hearing loss and its potential impact, offering choices for intervention and assisting with problem solving to seek resolution for hearing aid use and / or an appropriate rehabilitation program.