Hearing Loss

Hearing is fundamental to how we experience the world. It plays a crucial role in our physical, mental, cognitive and emotional health, and our sense of identity and social inclusion. 

Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit and the second biggest factor contributing to the global burden of disease. It is common for those with hearing loss to either hide or adapt their lives around their problem. 

Hearing loss in childhood can affect a child’s ability to develop spoken language and interfere with schooling, limiting their potential. Hearing loss that develops later in life can interfere with social and professional interactions. Additionally, new evidence suggests that adults who have untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia. 

Given the wide ranging effects of hearing loss, it is essential we detect and start treatment as early as possible. The specific treatment should be tailored to your type of hearing loss. Your specialist should walk you through your options once basic tests are done. 


There are four important questions to consider in relation to hearing loss. Based on the information provided and some simple hearing tests, your specialist will be able to make a bespoke hearing plan for you.