If you have difficulty hearing, you are not alone. Hearing loss is one of the most common health problems affecting 10% of New Zealanders. Effects of hearing loss include difficulty following a conversation, especially in noise, turning up the television and feeling tired at the end of the day after concentrating hard to follow conversations (auditory fatigue).
Untreated hearing loss can have wide-ranging effects, including loss of self-esteem, depression and social isolation, as people often withdraw when it all gets too hard. Managing your hearing loss by wearing hearing aids keeps your brain active.