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Since Dad came to see you and you fitted his neat little hearing aids the whole family has noticed the difference. We don't have to keep repeating ourselves and Dad is much more relaxed in our company.

It's made such a difference I just wanted to say thanks - I've got my Dad back"

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Discover Your Hearing

Discover your hearingThe world is calling you back

Why wait?

The ability to hear is such an integral part of life that most people take it for granted. Hearing is a gift, but do we place enough value on it? Hearing loss is the world's single most

Benefits of hearing well with both ears

Why we have two ears – Our two ears act as a type of receiving station for the brain. One ear is directed to the left, the other to the right. When the ears pick up a sound, the brain calculates the angle from which the sound has arrived. The brain has this capability since the closest ear receives the sound microseconds earlier than the other ear.

Better hearing, better life

With only one ear functioning properly, origin of sound is impossible to determine. Even more importantly, the quality of sound is better when it is heard with two ears. Speech received by only one ear sounds flat and devoid of its rich nuances. In most cases, two hearing instruments are fitted to those with impaired hearing in both ears.

Function and dysfunction of the ear – The ear is a very complex organ comprising of three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Hearing loss can result from damage to any of these three parts. Hearing loss resulting from a problem located in the outer or middle ear is called a conductive hearing loss.

From the inner ear the auditory nerve transmits information to the brain. Hearing loss caused by a damaged inner ear is called a sensorineural hearing loss. A combination of a conductive and sensorineural hearing loss is known as a mixed hearing loss.

How Your Ear Functions

Parts of the ear

Parts of the ear

The outer ear

The outer ear includes the pinna, the auditory can and the eardrum. These structures channel sounds from the environment into the middle ear. The pinna helps to gather sound waves and the auditory canal directs them to the eardrum.

The middle ear

The middle ear

The middle ear is an air-filled cavity that contains the smallest bones in the human body - the malleus, incus and stapes, which are connected to the eardrum and the inner ear. The Eustachian tube keeps the air pressure in the middle ear equal to that of the surrounding environment.

The inner ear

The inner ear

In the inner ear, sound is processed by the cochlea, while information affecting balance is processed by the semicircular canals. There are tiny hair cells along the entire length of the fluid filled cochlea. When the fluid in the cochlea is displaced by sound waves, the hair cells bend. This triggers a chemical response that transmits the message to the area of the brain in charge of processing and interpreting what we hear.

How Hearing Loss Occurs

Hearing loss generally occurs as a a by product of problems in one area of the mechanism of hearing. Where the problem occurs is important, because an understanding of where the problem is allows us to make the best recommendations possible.  Let's take a look at the mechanism of hearing and what the problems may be. 

Outer ear problems

...the outer ear

Typical problems include excessive accumulation of earwax and infections of the auditory canal such as Otitis Media, and other problems like swimmers ear.

...the middle ear

Middle ear problems

Perforation of the eardrum, infection or fluid in the middle ear and otosclerosis (a calcification around the stapes limiting its ability to move) are the most common causes. Many outer and middle ear problems can be treated successfully with medication or surgery. In cases where treatment is not effective, remaining hearing loss can usually be helped by using hearing instruments.

...the inner ear

Inner ear problems

The majority of hearing problems result from damaged inner ear structures. Typical causes are the natural aging process, excessive exposure to noise, medication that is toxic to the auditory system and head injuries. As a rule, this damage cannot be reversed but can be largely overcome with hearing instruments.

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How to tell if you may have a hearing loss.

Hearing loss

Only a professional can determine the exact nature and extent of hearing loss, however, you can probably tell if hearing has become a problem in your life. Consider the following statements carefully, as most hearing losses happen gradually, and the symptoms are not always easy to recognise.

Early signs that may tell if you are suffering a hearing loss:

  • Others tend to "mumble"
  • The TV volume has to be set higher than others generally like it
  • Difficulty hearing in noisy places
  • People have to repeat themselves
  • Problems understanding people who do not look directly at me when speaking
  • Trouble hearing the doorbell or telephone
  • A loved one or friend has expressed concern about your hearing

If you experience any of these problems regularly, it may well be a good time to have a professional evaluation.

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