What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss is when your ability to hear becomes reduced, making it more difficult to hear sounds correctly or clearly, and to determine the direction the sound is coming from. Most hearing loss is gradual and is often first noticed when you are having difficulty hearing people speaking when there is loud background noise.
Sudden hearing loss may signify something more serious, and you should absolutely consult us at your earliest opportunity. We will arrange an examination, hearing tests and referral to an ENT surgeon if appropriate.
There are three types of hearing loss; sensorineural, conductive and mixed.
Sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear or main hearing nerve.
Conductive hearing loss is when the ears ability to conduct sound from the outer ear through the middle ear and into the inner ear is impeded or reduced by a variety of issues including wax accumulation in the outer ear, a perforated ear drum, or a collection of fluid in the middle ear. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both processes.
A hearing test may need to be conducted to determine the diagnosis. This is preferably performed by a University trained Audiologist. A referral will be provided if required.request an appointment call: 1300 405 286