AIDS or devices are not the only answers to poor hearing, says Ashgrove audiologist Nolene Nielson.
The Hearing Care Professionals owner said many clinics had a focus on devices but believed in individual treatment approach could better manage hearing health.
“I’ve developed a process where it’s not just assumed clients are going to need a hearing aid,” Ms Nielson said.
“They need to understand how they hear and I also look at their ability to understand speech. She said the options presented to a client would also depend on their lifestyle. Ms Nielson said some people avoided hearing checks because of the association with ageing”
“One of the messages I’ve tried to get out there is by looking after their hearing, they can prevent a lot of things that aren’t associated with old age,” she said.
“Hearing signs can be a warning of diabetes or cardiovascular disease”
“Exercise is the medicine for your hearing. Regular cardiovascular exercise has a major impact on prevention of hearing loss because it’s the little hairs in the ears that are often lost when you have poor cardiovascular health”.
All information is provided in the interests of Hearing Health education and is of a general nature. In all cases you should consult your doctor or other allied health professional for advice regarding your individual circumstances.