This week is Hearing Awareness Week where multiple organizations aim to raise the general awareness of hearing loss and hearing protection in the community.
For more information, visit http://www.hearingawarenessweek.org.au/
As it is International Assistance Dogs Week, we thought we’d raise some awareness about the Australian Lions Hearing Dogs Association. The association aims to provide independence, confidence and security for those living with hearing impairments around Australia. The dogs and any follow-up support are provided free of charge with the majority of their funding coming from the Australian Lions Club, general donations and sponsorships.
For more information, visit https://hearingdogs.asn.au/
Communication requires effort from all parties involved to help maintain a successful ‘two-way street’ and difficulties can arise when information is lost during the conversation due to a hearing impairment. Individuals with hearing difficulties usually have to rely on their remaining hearing, assistive listening devices (eg hearing aids), visual cues/lip reading, as well as communication tactics and strategies to maintain conversations.
Below are some examples of tactics which can help make communication easier:
Hearing loss is a natural occurrence and effects everyone differently. Some people don’t even realize they have an issue and it’s those closest around them that are impacted most. If you feel a loved one is not hearing as well as they used to, bring them in to have their hearing assessed. Appointments can be made with one of our friendly clinicians.