One in six has a hearing loss 

Sixteen percent of adults suffer from hearing loss great enough to adversely affect their daily life.

This is much higher than the previously generally assumed prevalence of 10 percent.

One of the major causes of hearing loss is ageing. Another common reason is exposure to noise. Some diseases can also lead to hearing problems.

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Noise and hearing loss

We are surrounded by noise in nearly all areas of modern life. Our ears are delicate and complex structures that are easily damaged.

Take care of your ears

Your ears are delicate organs, so you must take care of them. If you do, you can probably prevent hearing loss.

Getting used to hearing aids

The first use of a hearing aid can be somewhat shocking for many people.

Different types of hearing aids

Hearing aids are better than ever. Many hearing impaired people would benefit from using them.

A magnificent organ

The ear is an advanced and very sensitive organ of the human body. The major task of the ear is to detect and analyse noises by transduction.

Sounds are waves in the air

Sound waves are created when air molecules are set into motion and their energy is transmitted to adjacant air molecules.

Noise 24 hours a day

Tinnitus is noises in the head, not related to any psychiatric condition. The noise can be heard anywhere in the head or in one or both ears.

How to live with tinnitus

Living with tinnitus can be difficult. Treatment and coping strategies can help. Here is some simple advice.

Children and hearing loss

Caring about your child's hearing is extremely important because it affects his or her ability to learn, socialise and communicate.

Hearing impaired in the workplace

Conversations with colleagues, and the concentration needed for communication during the day demand much energy.

Causes of hearing loss

Our hearing ability worsens from our 30s or 40s and onwards and when we reach our 80s, more than half of us suffer from significant hearing loss.

Symptoms of hearing loss

Most cases of hearing loss develop gradually so the symptoms are often difficult to recognise. The first step is to realise that there is a problem.

Personal experiences

The effects of hearing loss, the personal reactions and the consequences are best understood and described by the hearing impaired people.

The hearing test

Try the 5 step speech-in-noise test that will help you determine if you would benefit from wearing hearing aids.

Diseases can lead to hearing problems

Diseases such as Otitis Media and Glue Ears may lead to hearing problems, also other diseases often result in hearing loss.

Age-related hearing loss

As you get older the hair cells in your inner ear begin to die. This happens to all of us. But some people lose their hearing earlier and faster than others.

Hearing aids improve quality of life

Scientific surveys shows that the use of hearing aids causes significant improvement in the quality of life.

Hearing aids - high tech computers

Hearing aid technology is constantly evolving and becoming increasingly advanced.

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