Good hearing is so important in our everyday lives, yet most people with normal hearing don’t even think twice about what it means to be able to hear well. Chatting with friends, listening to the sounds of nature, enjoying music or hearing warning signals – they take it all for granted.
Our hearing plays an important role in how we relate to our surroundings. It facilitates the forming of relationships and opens up a wealth of sensory experiences. It is also very complex and extremely sensitive. So let’s give it the attention it deserves.
Hearing loss affects one in six people across the UK and generally develops slowly over many years; the effects only become apparent gradually.
This makes it difficult for those affected to recognise that they actually have a hearing impairment. Relatives, friends or colleagues are often the first to realise that something is wrong.
There are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss.
The following questions can help identify common warning signs of hearing loss:
All these are typical signs of a hearing impairment. But don’t worry; hearing loss is not something simply to be endured. You can – and should – do something about it.
Many people find it hard to come to terms with the idea of wearing hearing aids. They put off the decision and only do something about it when the problems associated with poor hearing simply become too much for them.
But please please understand that the earlier you do something about hearing loss, the better it is. Even when hearing is just starting to deteriorate, hearing aids help to maintain neural pathways in your brain responsible for hearing all the sounds around you. The longer you put off hearing aids, the harder it will be for you to get used to them when you do finally wear them, and more importantly, the more you’ll miss out in life. The cognition pathway can deteriorate quickly with unnecessary strain leading to recognised cognition conditions.
Tinnitus is a condition where noises are heard when there is no external source, usually in the ears or in the head. Many will have experienced some buzzing or ringing in the ears at times, especially after exposure to loud noise. 1 in 8 of us in the UK experience the condition, with the figure set to increase by more than half a million people over the next 10 years.
Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease and there can be many different causes. It can be linked to exposure to loud noise, hearing loss, ear or head injuries, some diseases of the ear and some ear infections, or it can be a side effect of some medication. It may be a combination of all or some of these or a person may never have any of these conditions.
At The Hearing Care Centre we offer the highest quality advice and management strategies for tinnitus. Many of our audiologists are trained as tinnitus lay-counsellors and are able to offer you the best advice.
Today’s hearing systems are tiny computers that sit behind or inside your ear. Featuring highly advanced and sophisticated technology, most people are unaware that hearing systems are not just about making speech or sounds louder. They are incredibly good at blending, processing and manipulating your sound environment to enhance your listening experience; so that it is clearer and easier to hear and understand even in the most challenging listening situations.
Like many products today, there are different brands, levels of quality and technology available. Just like car manufacturers and models of cars, hearing systems have different features and benefits at each level to suit everyone.
The Hearing Care Centre’s personalised hearing aid fitting will take approximately one hour, during which time we will attentively set the digital hearing aids with the aid of a computer to match your individual hearing and lifestyle requirements.
We will carry out any evaluation tests as necessary; discuss and show you how the hearing aid works, how to change the battery, how to clean the aids and about long term care procedures.
The Hearing Care Centre is one of the only private audiology practices in East Anglia offering a private earwax removal service and we can assure you that your safety is our priority.
Ears and hearing aids benefit from regular earwax removal, which is why we added this procedure to our portfolio of services. Whilst earwax has a number of positive functions, it can sometimes block the ear canal and lead to pain or temporary hearing loss. Earwax is very dense and can also cause havoc with hearing aids. If left unchecked, it could lead to whistling and feedback noises, and lesser quality of sound from your hearing aids.
Audiologists can carry out comprehensive hearing assessments, fit patients with the very latest hearing aid technology, provide award-winning aftercare, hold consultations for tinnitus management, take impressions for custom noise protection and much more.
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The Hearing Care Centre is a multi-award winning, independent hearing care company offering services for all hearing concerns throughout East Anglia.
The company and its expert team of audiologists guarantees an impartial, expert and caring approach to hearing care, having won many awards since first being established in 1998.
Teresa Sadler is a qualified Audiologist.