The days of premature hearing loss are coming to an end.
With recent leaps in technology, hearing aids are becoming more discreet and affordable than ever to people across New Zealand.
Do you ever struggle to hear in loud environments? Or maybe just to catch the odd word in a quiet conversation? Many people feel embarrassment about hearing loss, however it’s far more common than you think.
In fact, statistics show that almost 20% of Kiwis suffer from hearing loss1. These people may be able to benefit from hearing aids, even though many choose to ignore the issue. Now, with ground-breaking designs and world-class aftercare, there’s no need to suffer in silence.
Technology to change your life
The most common causes of hearing loss are age and prolonged background noise. Over the course of our lifetimes, the fine hairs inside the ear gradually die off or are damaged by sound waves, becoming less sensitive.
If you’ve worked in a loud environment such as a factory (or you’re a fan of heavy rock music) there’s a high likelihood your hearing may have been affected. For all of us, hearing loss is a natural part of the ageing process, but luckily there are some highly effective ways to counter it.
On average it takes 10 years for people to address their hearing loss2, even though many could benefit from a hearing aid.
No longer the chunky pieces of plastic your grandparents might have worn, hearing aids are now as sleek and well-designed as any other modern gadget. One recent development is the invisible hearing aid, which slips discreetly into your ear and amplifies outside noise without anyone noticing but you.
“…revolutionary advances in technology mean hearing aids are now more discreet than ever.”
Many over-50s in New Zealand could significantly improve their lives with a hearing aid
If you are affected by the stress and frustration of hearing loss, it’s simple to book a hearing test and check what can be done.
Prices for hearing aids vary, so it pays to shop around. There are also multiple government funding schemes you may be eligible for.
As stated by the New Zealand Ministry of Health, adults are eligible for funding if they:
• have a hearing loss and a significant visual impairment or a hearing loss and an intellectual disability or a physical disability that limits their ability to communicate safely and effectively
• have a Community Services Card and are:
– in paid employment for 30 hours per week or more
– a registered job seeker looking for paid employment
– doing voluntary work (more than 20 hours per week)
– studying full time
– caring full time for a dependent person 3
Who should I work with?
One of the most trusted and effective free online services is HearClear which finds and compares New Zealand’s leading hearing specialists in your local area.
Invisible hearing aids are growing in popularity across New Zealand, with thousands of patients choosing HearClear to help them transform their hearing each year. Say goodbye to poor hearing and hello to the new you.