Hearing management

Posted by: Brad | 2011/02/17


Hereditary hearing loss?

Hi there

My Mom comes from a family where hearing was very bad. She, too, wears a hearing aid. My middle brother now also wears a hearing aid and has 30% hearing in one ear. Is this really hereditary? People keep telling me to have my hearing tested, as the TV is getting louder, and I honestly cannot hear people whispering, yet I am, as a birder, great at hearing and locating bird calls. How can this be? I am now being told I have " selective hearing" , but that is really not the case. Should I have my hearing tested and, if so, can you recommend places in Randburg/Sandton?



Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Hi Brab

Hearing problem can be hereditary but can also be caused due to many reasons eg medication, noise exposure, viral infections, bacterial infections or the nornal aging process.

My suggestion is that you have your hearing tested as it is alway good to have a regular evaluation (once a year) to ensure that your hearing is not changing. If you do pick up a change the quicker this is picked up and managed the better.

Some practices in your area:
Debbie Lima 011 79103245
Penny Stevens 011 4723694
Tammy Henen 011 2680490


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