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.

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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

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Asking people to repeat themselves

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Your family complains that the TV volume is too loud

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A ringing or buzzing sound in your ears

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Missing out on everyday sounds

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Difficulty hearing in background noise

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Struggling to hear over the cell phone

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Your significant other complains that you struggle to hear them

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Finding yourself avoiding social settings

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Speech sounds muffled or unclear

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DON’T WORRY, WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP YOU!

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.

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Based on 11 reviews
Helga Pienaar
Helga Pienaar
2022-08-14
We would like to thank Jonathan Stockell and his friendly staff for my mother's (94 yrs) hearing aid and the absolutely most caring and friendliest staff. Ilke Lategan, we will always remember your kindness and thorough examination/tests. You gave my mother thé biggest present , and we appreciate so much ♡ Blessings to you all , regards Helga
Hartog Blok
Hartog Blok
2022-07-13
For the past few days I have been interacting with Distinct Hearing for the acquisition of my devices and the setup thereof.I do not have the appropriate words to describe my complete contentment with the friendly yet professional service I received from the two reception ladies Chantel and Corlia. Then the reason for the consultation was expertly handled by audiologist Ilke Lategan. From the hearing evaluation to the thorough briefing on using and caring for the devices was absolutely 1st class. Please accept my sincere appreciation for a truly professional experience. The interest in my well being makes me believe I am your only patient (which of course is not the case). I thank you too Jonathan for greeting me on my way out yesterday. You have very nice "family" business. Clearly, I highly recommend Distinct Hearing.
Delia Apsey
Delia Apsey
2022-06-15
Absoluut fantastiese diens van Jonathan en sy personeel gekry! Ek was heel op my gemak met eerste besoek, ek word uiters professioneel behandel! Die ontvangs dames is baie vriendelik en behulpsaam! Werklik n plesier om hul te besoek! DISTINCT HEARING word dus deur my aanbeveel want ek kan weer hoor!
Maryanne Thorne
Maryanne Thorne
2022-03-28
Jonathan was recommended to us by a friend for my father who had a hearing aid but wasn't geting on well. Jonathan was absoloutely amazing. He was very kind and professonal and caring. He kept in contact and spent a lot of time with my father explaining and sorting things out. My father is delighted as he can hear birds singing again. I can't thank everyone enogh at the practice for being so helpful and compassionate. So grateful.
Anne Brunel
Anne Brunel
2021-08-17
Very good Professional Audiologiste . Thank you very much Jonathan for your help . Merci beaucoup
AD and DM McKechnie
AD and DM McKechnie
2021-08-17
Excellent audiologist. Jonathan is very helpful and knowledgeable.
Ian Saunders
Ian Saunders
2021-06-04
Over the years gone by, I have been to a number of audiologists. After being referred to Distinct Hearing by the ENT, I met Jonathan and his team. Jonathan is passionate about what he does and explains everything very patiently. Service levels are amazing and promises are exceeded. I am now the proud owner of new hearing aids which have made a remarkable difference. Thank you for everything.
Lood Vosloo
Lood Vosloo
2021-01-08
Such a good explainer,what an experience
Martie Naude
Martie Naude
2020-09-28
To all my hard hearing friends............. I have visited various Audiologists over the past seven years. And then MAGIC happened.........I was referred to Mr Jonathan Stokell at “Distinct Hearing”, by the top ENT Specialist here in George. I have yet to meet a more professional guy. He is passionate about his job, very patient and extremely thorough. I wish him well and hope to have him as my Audiologist for many years to come. Thanks again for excellent service!