Hearing loss is taking on a new dimension in the community in Australia. This is in direct correlation with an ageing population. Since the end of the Second World War and due to advances in medical care people are living much longer. However, conditions such as hearing loss continue to prevail. Many people believe hearing loss is simply part of getting older. However, this is not always the case.
Nearly 4,000,000 Australians are believed to suffer from some form of hearing problem. Many do not seek help. Possibly because they do not see the connection with other health issues. If you are caring for an elderly relative, having their hearing checked on a regular basis is important. This is because hearing loss can prove dangerous for them. It can mean they can’t pre-empt a dangerous situation. Furthermore, poor hearing makes communication very difficult.
Here at Gold Age Australia, we are specialists in the care of sick and elderly people. Therefore it is important for us to remain on the cutting edge of medical advances. Today, we’re happy to pass on information concerning hearing loss we hope you will find helpful. Whether you are an individual or a carer, this may inform you.
There are 3 types of hearing loss. They are (1) Sensorineural hearing loss, (2) Conductive hearing loss, and (3) Mixed hearing loss.
The connection with general health
For instance, hearing loss has been associated with cognitive health. It has also been associated with isolation, depression, memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Further, it is believed that many people ignore hearing loss because they do not want to wear hearing aids. Although it is true that hearing aids used to be very noticeable, this is no longer the case. Manufacturers are producing more and more discreet models. As a result some are barely noticeable. In fact, often hair is sufficient to cover them up. Nonetheless, it is estimated that only one in six sufferers wears a hearing aid.
Much research has been done on the connection between hearing loss and brain function. Moreover, there are drugs available to address this issue. There is also the cochlear implant. Link: http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/au/home/understand/hearing-and-hl/hl-treatments/cochlear-implant.
With the possibility of funds being the real issue, governments are being lobbied to increase financial assistance for hearing aids. Also, there is the perception in the public that hearing aids are not very effective. The medical profession and researchers are working to educate the public on that score.
The World Health Organisation says that noise exposure is the second most common job-related illness/injury. However, if you are caring for an elderly relative, the home environment is also applicable. Try to regulate noise levels such as music and loud voices. It is well known that some types of music and musical instruments are detrimental to the ears. Musicians and bartenders for instance can suffer early, permanent hearing loss.
Furthermore, the elderly in particular can find it difficult to have a conversation in a loud environment. Even personal stereos need to be monitored for dangerous levels. People who live on farms need protection from loud farm machinery.
In order for humans to enjoy good health, each part of the body requires attention. The ears are no different. Although they quietly make few demands on us, ignoring them is not wise. If you ignore small problems, they will inevitably become big problems. Therefore, make sure you are not ignoring your hearing and that of your loved ones. Quick action as usual is the best option.
So for now, dear reader, from our extended family here at Gold Age Australia, we wish you and your loved ones good health and happiness. Please be sure to look out for our next blogs with your health and wellbeing in mind. Bye for now!
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