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To hear for life, listen with care

Experts are urging Australians to seek out help for their hearing loss, whatever their age, arguing it is the key to healthy ageing. Speaking ahead of World Hearing Day (WHD) on March 3, hearing industry leader Ear Science Institute Australia said people were delaying, on average, 9 years from the onset of symptoms to seeking effective interventions that could help them hear better and stay connected to the world around them.

The 2022 theme for WHD set by the World Health Organization (WHO) is “To hear for life, listen with care.” Sandra Bellekom, CEO of Ear Science says, “Make sure you heed the warning signs and contact your GP or Lions Hearing Clinic Audiologist if you have persistent ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and or difficulties hearing high pitched sounds or following conversations.” She urges

Adopt these simple safe listening behaviours

Keep the volume down
Set your device’s volume level to no more than 60% of the maximum.
Use well-fitted, and noise-cancelling headphones.

Protect your ears from loud sounds
Wear earplugs in noisy places.
Move away from sources of sound, such as loudspeakers.

Limit time spent engaged in noisy activities
In a noisy place, take regular breaks in a quiet area.
Limit daily use of personal audio devices.

Monitor listening levels
Use apps to monitor your sound exposure.
Choose devices with built-in safe listening features.

Regular hearing assessments
The sooner you can detect hearing loss, the better the outcome.

Ear Science reports that more than 1 in 4 people aged over 65, the new breed of ‘young seniors,’ have hearing loss but many persevere in life untreated and therefore compromised. WHD raises awareness and highlights the importance of good hearing and ways to prevent or treat hearing loss.

Lions Hearing Clinics focus solely on hearing and are part of Ear Science Institute Australia, which is a world-renowned research centre with all funds fed directly back into research. Lions offers comprehensive hearing services throughout 20 clinics in WA, including hearing protection and free hearing screening online.

“We want to remind people that to hear well is to live well,” says Sandra.

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