Hearing loss is common, but not untreatable

At all life stages, communication and good hearing health connect us to each other, our communities, and the world.

– World Hearing Organization

One in three people over the age of 65 is affected by disabling hearing loss1 that restricts their ability to communicate with family and friends.

That’s why, at Cochlear, we actively support World Hearing Day, the World Health Organization’s annual initiative to focus on hearing health and the importance of timely and effective intervention to treat hearing loss.

Keep an eye on your ears

Just as you get a check-up at the dentist or optician, it’s important to have your hearing checked regularly, especially if you have hearing loss. People who live with it every day, often don’t realise that their hearing loss has become worse. They simply don’t recognise the extent to which it affects their life.

If you haven’t had your hearing checked recently, book an appointment with an audiologist.

This short, online quiz may help with what you want to discuss at that appointment.

Take a short quiz

I have a problem hearing over the telephone.

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I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.

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I have trouble understanding things on TV.

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I have to strain to understand conversations.

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I have to worry about missing a telephone ring or doorbell.

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I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a crowded room or restaurant.

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I get confused about where sounds come from.

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I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves.

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I have trouble understanding the speech of women and children.

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I have trouble understanding the speaker in a large room such as a meeting or place of worship.

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Many people I talk to seem to mumble (or don't speak clearly).

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People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say.

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I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses.

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I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I will reply improperly.

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Family members and friends have told me they think I may have hearing loss.

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Source: Koike, J.; Hurst, M.K.; and Wetmore, S. J. Correlation between the American Academy of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery five-minute hearing test and standard audiological data, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Survery, Volume 111 (5), pp. 625-632.

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Hearing loss affects more than communication

When your hearing starts to go, it’s not just sounds that disappear. Your life may need to be constantly re-adjusted. Work, family relationships and friendships can be affected. Social activities and travel may need to be modified to allow for your additional needs and safety. You might even start to reconsider long-term life plans and dreams.

Good hearing is essential for healthy ageing2

Global research3 underlines the important link between hearing and healthy ageing, and supports our understanding of how hearing affects overall health and wellbeing.

People believe hearing loss can…

Hearing loss can lead to withdrawal

Hearing loss can affect relationships

Hearing loss can impact on communication

The first sound I heard was my wife's voice. I could hear again, and I was so overwhelmed. Now I'm the person I was all those years ago. It's a life-changer. It's amazing that a piece of technology can do that.

Dave, Cochlear™ implant recipient from Wales

Cochlear Implant recipient

Be inspired by those who know

We know that the impact of hearing loss on your life can be devastating. But the people who understand are those that have experienced it themselves.

That’s why, in the lead up to World Hearing Day, we will have some of our recipients speak about their experiences with hearing implants.

Take your next step

Cochlear has provided more than 600,000 implantable devices, helping people of all ages to hear and connect with life’s opportunities. That’s hundreds of thousands of lives changed for the better!

World Hearing Day 2020 is about taking action. Take your first step towards a world of better hearing today. Arrange to talk to your audiologist about whether a cochlear implant could be right for you.

And please contact us if you have any other questions about hearing loss. We are happy to help!

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Did you know that people with hearing loss wait, on average, 10 years to seek treatment5?
This World Hearing Day, you could help change that for someone you care about by making them aware of the solutions available for when hearing aids are no longer sufficient.
Here are some ideas about how to start that conversation with your family and friends:

  • Share our videos
  • Direct them to this website
  • Send them a link to take the online hearing quiz

Reference:

  1. World Health Organization. Deafness & Hearing Loss Factsheet. Available at https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss
  2. World Health Organization. Deafness & Hearing Loss Factsheet. Available at https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss
  3. World Health Organization. Ageing and health Factsheet. Available at https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ageing-and-health
  4. Extracted from Sounds inevitable infographic. D1598941 ISS2 MAR19.
  5. Davis AC, Smith P, Ferguson M, Stephens D and Gianopoulos I, 2007. Acceptability, benefit and costs of early screening for hearing disability: a study of potential screening tests and models. Health Technology Assessment, 2 (42)