“My wife is softly spoken.” ”My husband mumbles.” “The kids speak so fast.” “I can hear perfectly if it’s just you and me.” Comments like these are sure signs that one’s hearing is deteriorating.
Speaking at Plimmerton Rotary on 26 September, Bay Audiology hearing specialist Christine Ouellette explained what happened to people’s hearing as they aged. “For almost all people,
Some medications had been shown to damage hearing. “There is a class of drugs known as
“As a general rule, people in the 65 to 75 age group will already have lost 25% of their hearing, and after age 75 they will probably lose 75% to 80% of their hearing. The sad result of this is that many people over age 75 tend to become socially isolated, they suffer cognitive loss, and research has shown that hearing loss at an advanced age can speed up the onset of dementia.”
It was common for people to lose their ability to hear some sound frequencies, but not others. For
Typically, a set of hearing aids would cost between $500 and $7000 depending on complexity.
Some Government funding was available, with a subsidy of up to $1000 generally offered. ACC had a scheme where assistance could be provided in cases where
A recent innovation was that hearing aids could be adjusted from the user’s mobile phone, which had the added benefit that the person’s favourite music could be played to them through their hearing aids.