Hearing management

Overview

What is hearing loss? Find information and advice on symptoms, treatment and management of hearing impairment in this overview and read about different types of hearing conditions like conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

What is hearing loss?

People who cannot hear are usually described as being “hearing impaired”. This term includes different types of hearing loss, regardless of the nature, cause and extent.

Types of hearing loss

Many people associate hearing loss with old age. Although most cases can indeed be attributed to old age, there are many other causes.

Preventing hearing loss

A new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health finds that 14% of people between ages 45 and 59 have hearing loss.

Symptoms of hearing loss

The symptoms of hearing deficiency are so varied that no one symptom would be interpreted as indicating the possibility of a loss.

Causes of hearing loss

The causes of hearing impairment can be divided into two main groups, namely genetic (inherited) causes and acquired causes.

Treating hearing loss

There are two main types of hearing devices that may be used by people with permanent hearing loss.

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AuD degree obtained in 2013 at AT Still University Health Science Depart-ment, Arizona. Masters in Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria, 2003. Remedial Teaching Diploma at Rand University, 1996. Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria, 1993. Owner of a private practice in Pretoria since 1999. Educating the community regarding early identification of hearing problems and screening of new-borns. Providing assistance and services at retirement homes. Part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. External examiner at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. Presenter at conferences and seminars.

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