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Ted Talk- Can loud music damage your hearing?

After a concert, you find it difficult to hear your friend rave about the show. It sounds like they’re speaking from across the room, and it’s tough to make out their voice over the ringing in your ears. But, by the next morning, the effect has mostly worn off. So what caused these symptoms? And […]

My life with cochlear implants

What is it like to suddenly lose your hearing? And how does it feel to regain your hearing through a cochlear implant? This short, animated film was created by animator and cochlear implant user Eric Giessmann, in collaboration with MED-EL. The film invites viewers to experience the enjoyment of life and gratitude for the gift […]

We’re All Ears – Ida Institue

This article comes from the Ida Institute Helping people hear is knowing how to listen. A good hearing care professional will work to understand your individual needs and make recommendations based on them. That’s person-centred care. Learn what you can do to help your provider so they can help you better manage your hearing loss. […]

Hearing loss news from Healthy Hearing

Hearing loss news from ScienceDaily

  • Men who suffer sensory loss, particularly hearing loss, are more likely to be physically inactive and obese than women, according to a new study.
  • Humans can observe what and where something happens around them with their hearing, as long as sound frequencies lie between 20 Hz and 20 000 Hz. Researchers have now developed a new audio technique that enables people to also hear ultrasonic sources that generate sound at frequencies above 20,000 Hz with simultaneous perception of their […]
  • Researchers found that risk of subsequent moderate or worse hearing loss was up to 40 percent higher in study participants with osteoporosis or LBD.
  • An increased connectivity in the brain between the auditory cortex and the motor control areas related to the face, mouth and throat has been discovered in people with misophonia. Their hatred of 'trigger noises' can lead to an extreme reaction including anger and disgust. This is the first time such a connection in the brain […]
  • In a new study, researchers have found a possible link between poor sense of smell and a higher risk of pneumonia hospitalization.

Hearing loss facts

Hearing loss is a global and national health crisis. It is an often misunderstood disability that has some very inaccurate stigmas attached to it. For the majority affected by hearing loss, the main difficulty comes from a lack of clarity of speech, especially when there is any background noise.

Hearing Loss does not only affect the elderly

  • According to the World Health Organization, over 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.
  • One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss. With an ageing population, this is expected to increase to one in four by 2050. 
  • Of the one in six affected, most  believe their own hearing is fine. Around two in five say their hearing is “very good” or “almost perfect”, while one in four say their hearing is below average.
  • Only 20% of the Australians who could benefit from a hearing aid actually use one.
  • Nearly 40% of the hearing loss experienced by individuals was caused by Noise-induced Hearing Loss; this is preventable and repeated exposure to loud noise.
  • In 2010, the National Acoustic Laboratories published the Binge Listening Report which revealed young Australians have a greater risk of acquiring a hearing loss through their leisure activities, (listening to music through headphones, regularly going to nightclubs and live music concerts)
  • Nearly half of Australians is affected by hearing loss were working age (16-64 years)
  • It roughly takes seven to 10 years, on average, before someone with hearing loss seeks treatment for it.

The effects of untreated hearing loss

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:

  • Irritability, negativism and anger
  • Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
  • Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
  • Social rejection and loneliness
  • Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
  • Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
  • Reduced job performance and earning power
  • Diminished psychological and overall health

Words describing deafness and hearing loss

There are no rights and wrongs about the words used to describe a person’s hearing loss. However, generally accepted definitions are as follows:

  • Deafened – people who were born with hearing and have lost most or all of their hearing later in life.
  • Hard of hearing – people who have lost some but not all hearing.
  • deaf (lower case ‘d’) – people who have hearing loss; they may be born deaf or become deaf. They mix well in the hearing world and may communicate orally and may also be users of sign language.
  • Deaf (upper case ‘D’) refers to people who are members of the Deaf community and who communicate almost exclusively with sign language.
  • Hearing impaired – anyone with any level of hearing loss.
  • Acquired hearing loss – people who were born with hearing but have lost some or all of their hearing.
  • Congenital hearing loss – born with hearing loss which may become progressively worse

There a number of noteworthy past and present people in music, movies, and media who suffer from hearing loss