Hearing Loss

Do you sometimes feel that you aren’t hearing the full conversation?

Maybe it’s only you that wants the TV volume up a bit? or sometimes you may also be encountering a “ringing” in your ears.

You aren’t alone.

 It is estimated that 20% of the population have some degree of hearing loss.  The World Health Organisation reports that over 5% of the world’s population are living with a disabling hearing loss (an estimated 432 million adults and 34 million children).

Hearing loss is nothing to be ashamed of. It is common and is not only caused by age, but can also be attributed to some medications, and even long term exposure to loud background noise at your day to day job.

You are in good company… actress Halle Berry, Bill Clinton, John Howard, Jodie Foster and Pete Townshend (guitarist/vocalist of the Who’s) all wear a hearing aid, or have a significant hearing loss.

Missing speech in background noise



Causes of hearing loss

There are many factors that may affect your hearing, including:

  • Long term exposure to noise
  • Hereditary conditions
  • Illness
  • Reactions to medications and medical treatments
  • Injury
  • Ear wax
  • Ageing

Different Types of Hearing Loss

There are lots of different types of loss, so it’s important to have a chat with our qualified audiologist who will conduct a thorough examination.  If you have a loss or other condition our audiologist will explain what sort of loss you have and why it is impacting your life the way it is.  

Generally, hearing loss is categorised below:

  • Sensorineural 
  • Conductive
  • Auditory Processing DIsorders 
  • Combination/Mixed

Sensorineural : Almost always a permanent loss largely caused by irreparable damage to the tiny hairs in your inner ear as a result of ageing, accidents, exposure to loud noises, certain medications or even illness/disease. 

Conductive: This usually occurs when there is an issue with the outer or middle ear. This can be caused by too much earwax, ear infections, perforated eardrums, abnormal boney growths in the middle ear (called Otosclerosis) and/or fluid build up.  

Auditory Processing Disorders: Usually found in children, this condition makes it hard to recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard. These kinds of problems usually occur in the presence of background noise. This leads to difficulty understanding any speech signal presented under less than optimal conditions, such as in the classroom. (read our article here for further information)

Combination/Mixed: occurs when both Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Conductive Hearing Loss are present.  

Your hearing loss could also be attributed to wax buildup, and a good earwax suction using an operating microscope could assist.

How to find the best hearing solution is best for me?

The first thing we would suggest is to arrange a comprehensive hearing consultation, so we can fully understand your conditions, symptoms and advise the best treatment plan from there.  Click here to read more about what to expect from your appointment


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