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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Hearing Expert

Francis Slabber is a Speech & Language Therapist and Audiologist who has owned and run The Hearing Clinic in Wynberg, Cape Town for the last 17 years. Francis and her team have extensive experience in fitting and supplying hearing aids as well as assistive living devices. Francis has served as the Western Cape Chairperson for the South African Association of Audiologists for three years and has given many talks on the topic of hearing loss and amplification. The Hearing Clinic has a special interest in adult and geriatric hearing impairment, hearing aid fittings and hearing rehabilitation.

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