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There are many everyday situations and tasks that have the potential to cause hearing damage, particularly over time. Mowing the lawn, using power tools, going to a music concert are just some situations with the potential to cause problems. If you don’t protect your hearing you could be setting yourself up for hearing problems in the future. At The Hearing Clinic we offer a variety of hearing protection options, from musicians’ plugs and swimming plugs to protective headphones and custom-fit devices.

Causes of Hearing Loss

The inner ear is lined with tiny hair cells that relay sound signals to the brain. When these cells become damaged, it can lead to hearing loss. Damage to the auditory nerve can also occur. If you’re exposed to loud noise at work, your employer has a responsibility to protect your hearing, however, if loud noise is a part of your leisure activities, it’s your responsibility to protect your hearing.

If you’re a swimmer or surfer you should protect your ears. Water in the ears can lead to infection, swimmer’s ear, or other blockages that may damage hearing. Swimming and surfing plugs create a tight seal to keep water out while enabling you to equalize pressure under water. A variety of professional and recreational activities may also warrant ear protection such as shooting, motorsports, or dj-ing. Protective ear plugs or headphones can help to reduce the level of noise and minimize background noise during communication.

How Can I Tell if my Hearing is Damaged?

Hearing loss can develop gradually and you’ll only notice a problem when its disrupts your daily activities or starts to have an impact on your family relationships. Hearing loss can occur more abruptly with exposure to loud noises at close range. Some of the signs of hearing damage include:

  • Turning up the volume on the television or radio when others can hear clearly at a lower volume.
  • Asking people to repeat themselves during conversation.
  • Mishearing what others say.
  • Trouble distinguishing what direction a noise is coming from.
  • Concentrating harder when listening.

Be proactive and protect your hearing. Contact The Hearing Clinic about protective hearing options. We will work with you to find the right device for your needs so you can continue to enjoy doing what you love without putting your hearing at risk.

Thank you Bridgitte

it's 2 years since I attended my 1st appointment with Bridgitte. I was fed up, miserable and didn’t know where to turn. I’ve had hearing issues for years but adapted my lifestyle around it. I taught myself to lipread and when out for dinner etc. I just switched off. To top it off I’d started to get tinnitus in both ears, 24/7. After various tests and realising how much this was all affecting my life, I agreed to be fitted with two Phonak hearing aids. The day they were fitted I was walking back to the car and could hear the birds and other noises I’d not heard for years! I started crying, not because I couldn’t hear but because I could! I was so happy. I can’t begin to explain the difference these aids and Bridgitte have made to my life. They’ve also changed the lives of my family as I’m back to my normal, happy and outgoing self! Thank you Bridgitte for everything you’ve done for me and my family. You’re not only a true professional but kind, compassionate and understanding.
Barbara
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