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.

There is more…

Recent research by Frank Lin and his team at the Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine has found that hearing loss has other “downstream” effects, including memory changes, dementia and increased falls. *

Hearing loss increases “cognitive load”, where the brain is overwhelmed with demands on its limited resources. Concentrating hard to follow the conversation means we have fewer resources for other things like memory and maintaining balance.

“Communicating when you have a hearing loss takes up a lot of brainpower. It’s a bit like a computer that runs slower when there is a large program running in the background,” says Maree O’Sullivan, Audiologist.

Hearing aids keep your brain active

How do hearing aids keep you active?

Hearing loss is usually gradual; we do not notice the subtle changes we make to our lifestyle to compensate for hearing loss. For example, acting early and using hearing aids keeps you active and social. Hearing aids keep your brain active by stimulating the auditory pathways while you are learning. They reduce “cognitive load” as wearers can easily hear the conversation and respond appropriately, rather than needing to work hard just to understand what was said. There is more “thinking power” available for other functions like responding to the question and remembering the conversation.

Studies have shown that people who decide to use hearing aids without delaying the decision have a better chance of a higher quality of life than those who delay the decision. **

I attended a gathering of over 600 people and was able to hear conversation directed at me, even though there was an abundance of extraneous noise surrounding me.

My enjoyment of television programmes has also improved immeasurably, where previously I could only guess at what was being said!

Percy K, Remuera
Hearing aids keep you in the conversation

Current hearing aid technology

Hearing aid technology continues to develop at a rapid pace. Current hearing aids are highly effective and virtually invisible.  They automatically adjust to the listening environment you are in so you can relax, engage and be yourself.

Don’t let hearing loss change your life. It doesn’t have to. Hearing aids keep you active by allowing you to communicate easily with reduced effort.

A bit about Auckland Hearing

Maree and Yvonne- your friendly Audiologists at Auckland Hearing

Auckland Hearing is an independent hearing aid and audiology clinic that opened in 2014.  Yvonne and Maree are your Audiologists. We have a focus on quality care. By understanding the needs of each client, we will tailor the best solution to ensure optimal long-term outcomes.

Shirley is our practice manager; she will answer the phone when you call and welcome you to the clinic.

We provide a full range of hearing services and work with all Ministry of Health approved hearing aid brands in New Zealand. This means we can fit the hearing aids that best suit your needs.

Call Shirley to book your appointment now.
Shirley Chen - Practice Manager