About Hearing Loss

The ears are one of our most important sensory organs, and as a result, a hearing loss has major consequences. A hearing loss is the reduction in the ability to hear. This makes it more difficult for you to hear speech as well as all the other sounds you love. Hearing loss can be age-related, caused by loud noise exposure, a result of infections, or hereditary. Thankfully for most people, a hearing impairment can be greatly improved using hearing aids. Furthermore, hearing aids have a tremendous influence on an individuals quality of life.

Hearing Loss Facts

Around 466 million people worldwide have a disabling hearing loss.

Approximately one-third of people older than 65 years of age have a disabling hearing loss.

In most cases, hearing impairment can be greatly improved using hearing aids.

Research shows that people with an untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop depression, anxiety and feelings of isolation.

Studies show that older people with hearing loss are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.

1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise.

Signs of Hearing Loss


Asking people to repeat themselves


Your family complains that the TV volume is too loud


A ringing or buzzing sound in your ears


Missing out on everyday sounds


Difficulty hearing in background noise


Struggling to hear over the cell phone


Your significant other complains that you struggle to hear them


Finding yourself avoiding social settings


Speech sounds muffled or unclear


Frequently Asked Questions

There's nothing wrong with my hearing. Why would I have it tested?

Your hearing can deteriorate slowly without you really noticing. So if your family often complain because they have to repeat everything, you find yourself constantly asking for repetition, or you find it hard to distinguish one voice in a crowded room, it could be worth booking a consultation.

How do I know that I'm visiting a specialist?

It is important to always ensure that the professional you are seeing is a qualified Audiologist. There are many places that sell hearing aids only through ‘Acousticians’. Acousticians do not hold the qualifications to complete full diagnostic hearing assessments. At Distinct Hearing, we are professional Audiologists.

If I have a hearing test, will it definitely mean that I will end up having to wear a hearing aid?

We will never sell you hearing aids if you don’t need them. At Distinct Hearing our priority is you, and ensuring we are providing you with the best possible care. Just as going for an eye test doesnt always mean you’ll need glasses, having your ears tested doesnt automatically mean that the best solution will be using hearing aids.

Aren't hearing aids ugly and uncomfortable?

Similarly to mobile phones, the technology in hearing aids has come a long way in recent years. Today’s models are slimmer, lighter and more discreet than ever before. In fact, because they’re so small, some people wear them without their partners even knowing. As for being uncomfortable, we ensure that we provide you with the most comfortable fit.

Do hearing aids work?

Absolutely! Hearing aids help to increase your quality of life. It is important that your hearing aids are fitted correctly and that you allow yourself time to get used to the new hearing aids. At Distinct Hearing, we include an ongoing aftercare service to help you get used to wearing hearing aids, so you really get the full benefit and can live life to the full. It’s important that we fine-tune your hearing aids according to your hearing needs.

Will wearing hearing aids make my hearing worse?

Many people think that wearing hearing aids might make their hearing worse. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As well as helping with your hearing needs on a daily basis, it has been proven that, for those with hearing loss, regular use of hearing aids actually slows down the rate of deterioration of hearing.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a sound or sounds that you can hear in either your ears or head that other people cannot hear. It is usually described as a sound such as ringing, whistling, hissing or a roaring.

Does having tinnitus mean I am going deaf?

Tinnitus can be a symptom of hearing loss; however, many people with tinnitus have normal hearing, just as many people with hearing loss don’t have tinnitus.

For many people who suffer from a mild form of tinnitus (alongside some hearing loss), hearing aids themselves offer a great deal of benefit in distracting the brain away from the tinnitus sounds. However, those with more severe tinnitus may need extra help and the tinnitus programme function built into some hearing aids has proven very effective for many people in this situation.