Living well with hearing loss

Contributed by Audika

1/11/2023 12:00:00 AM • 2 min to read

Your Hearing Care Clinician is here to support you and ensure that you are informed and equipped to optimise your  hearing. You may be recommended hearing devices, accessories that support listening in challenging situations (noise, distance, poor acoustics) and/or further audiological rehabilitation to manage your hearing loss effectively.

Hearing loss typically has a gradual onset, and we often compensate for what we can’t hear using facial cues, context, repetition, and sometimes even guesswork. 

As a result, discovering the presence of a hearing loss may sometimes come as a surprise. It is common to feel a range of emotions including denial, worry, or even relief that you can now do something to improve your hearing. If your hearing has changed, you will likely have many questions. Working in partnership with your Hearing Care Clinician, you have a range of options available to support you.

Your Hearing Care Clinician may advise further intervention to investigate the cause of the hearing loss or to provide additional support. 
This may include:
  • GP – Management of wax removal, or ear infections. Provide additional referrals.
  • Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist – for further medical investigation and/or management of certain audiological conditions.
  • Cochlear Implant Audiologist – when implantable devices may be beneficial.
  • Mental Health Practitioner – to provide support for challenging conditions that impact your audiological care or wellbeing.
  • Vestibular Audiologist &/or Physiotherapist – for rehabilitation of balance disorders