Sound Advice for Your Patients

One in five Australians have some sort of hearing loss. So, if you're
concerned about the hearing abilities of your patients, it's important
to be able to:

typical signs of hearing loss

​Referrals

National Hearing Care accepts referrals for all adults who require an audiological assessment due to concerns about their hearing. Your local clinic is able to see:

  • Office of Hearing Services eligible clients  - Download Medical Certificate Referral form
  • Clients eligible for compensation from Work Cover for hearing issues who worked in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales
  • Privately paying individuals, including those requiring pre-employment hearing assessments.

Adults presenting with the following symptoms should be referred for a hearing assessment:

  • Self reported hearing problems
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Difficulty hearing in noise
  • Patients over the age of 55
  • Vertigo
  • Aural fullness
  • Tinnitus
  • Sudden hearing loss

We also recommend that people who work in noisy environments are referred for hearing assessments, and that they have their hearing monitored regularly.

We have clinics located across Australia. Refer to our Find a Clinic section to see the closest to you. Search for neares​t clinic.

 

Hearing Loss and Other Medical Conditions

It is important to recognise the psychological impact of undiagnosed hearing loss
and understand that those with hearing impairment can be presenting with
seemingly unlinked symptoms. Some common health conditions associated
with hearing loss include:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Tinnitus
  • Emotional distress
  • Social engagement restrictions

Recognising the Signs of Hearing Loss

For a variety of reasons, it takes an average of seven years for someone with hearing difficulties to seek help. The benefits of amplification are numerous and can be life changing.

People suffering from a hearing loss often:

  • Complain that others mumble
  • Ask others to repeat themselves (even in quiet environments)
  • Have difficulty hearing in noise
  • Tend to have greater difficulty hearing female and children's voices
  • Require the television to be turned up louder
  • Don't respond to questions when not facing the person speaking


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