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… I am deaf!

10 years ago I was not in a happy place. I had denied accepting my hearing loss since my early teens but now I was working in a challenging environment where my hearing difficulties were impacting my performance and my quality of life. It became too much for me to deal with and I sunk…

Why Auracast has got me super excited!

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Listening Fatigue

I have not always worked for a hearing clinic. Mathematics was my strength when I was at school and I always enjoyed computer programming, so my higher education and early career was in Information Technology. My hearing loss changed from mild to severe in my early adulthood quite quickly. Afterwards, as the years progressed, I…

Hearing loss news from Healthy Hearing

Hearing News from The Hearing Review

  • Hearing Aid Specialist jobs 2023
  • In recognition of Tinnitus Awareness Week, Treble Health announced that it is bringing together experts from around the globe for the Tinnitus Relief Summit, slated to be a live, two-day symposium, hosted online, that welcomes audiologists and tinnitus experts to share emergent research and evidence-based practices for the care and treatment of tinnitus.
  • As part of its role as the exclusive hearing health provider to Special Olympics International (Special Olympics), Starkey announced that it hosted Special Olympics leadership at its Eden Prairie headquarters from January 24 – 25, 2023 to highlight the continuation of its global partnership that was launched in March 2022.
  • Starkey announced that its Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering, Achin Bhowmik, PhD, has been named a Top Healthcare Technology CTO by the Healthcare Technology Report.
  • Advances in understanding the many different genetic causes of childhood-onset hearing loss indicate that genomic testing could assist in treatment planning, including optimal timing of treatment.

Hearing loss news from ScienceDaily

  • Researchers attempted to identify early symptoms of Parkinson's disease using voice data. In their study, the researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze and assess speech signals, where calculations are done and diagnoses made in seconds rather than hours.
  • Advances in understanding the many different genetic causes of childhood-onset hearing loss indicate that genomic testing could assist in individualizing treatment planning, including the optimal timing of treatment. New findings show that genetic testing is a valuable tool in determining prognosis for a child's hearing loss and in predicting how useful a cochlear implant could […]
  • A new study has found that older adults with greater severity of hearing loss were more likely to have dementia, but the likelihood of dementia was lower among hearing aid users compared to non-users.
  • A research group has revealed that the checkerboard-like arrangement of cells in the inner ear's organ of Corti is vital for hearing. The discovery gives a new insight into how hearing works from the perspective of cell self-organization and will also enable various hearing loss disorders to be better understood.
  • Kickstarting the brain's natural ability to adjust to new circumstances, or neuroplasticity, improves how effectively a cochlear implant can restore hearing loss, a new study in deaf rats shows. The investigation, researchers say, may help explain the extreme variation in hearing improvements experienced by implant recipients.

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