Noise induced hearing loss is the second most common cause of adult onset hearing loss (genetics is the most common cause). Hearing loss due to work related activities is also called ‘industrial deafness‘. Common industries which can cause industrial deafness are:
electrical and plumbing
mining and engineering
factories and processing industry
agriculture and farm operators
railways and transport workers
heavy machinery operators
Toxic substances used in the work place can also cause hearing loss. The three major classes of substances toxic to the ear are: solvents, heavy metals and asphyxiants. Mac Hearing audiologists are registered with NSW Workcover to assess and assist people with industrial deafness. If you think your hearing loss was caused by work-related activities, then contact our clinic for an assessment.
Sudden Hearing Loss is a sudden drop in hearing in (typically) one ear. For the one in 20,000 individuals who experiences this sudden hearing loss each year, it can be a terrifying experience. The reason for the hearing loss is mostly unknown, however it is often suspected that a virus has caused inflammation inside the inner ear. Medical treatment should be sought without delay. GPs and Ear Specialists may prescribe steroids to reduce the inflammation before it causes irreversible damage. A diagnostic hearing test should also be sought immediately. Repeat hearing tests can assess the success of treatment.
Mac Hearing audiologists will see a patient immediately if a Sudden Hearing Loss is suspected. (See the Map and Phone Number HERE on our Contact Us page)
Last month ABC’s consumer awareness TV program Checkout showed an article on Audiology and hearing clinics in Australia and some of the pitfalls to look out for.
Did you know:
anyone can call themselves an Audiologist
about a third of Australian hearing clinics are owned by hearing aid manufacturers or distributors which promote their own products
Many manufacturers push the hearing aid fitters or “audiologists” for commission sales and provide incentives to sell you the most expensive products regardless of what you need.
Checkout has it right
ABC Checkout were right about these hearing clinics. We welcome their customers all the time where they have spent large amounts of money and are still searching for a satisfactory hearing solution. At Mac Hearing we are university qualified and own our own business. We are proud to adhere to the code of ethics set out by the Independent Audiologists of Australia as mentioned in the TV article.