Hear Here
Chairman Anita was in charge of this week’s meeting and she introduced Meg Miklosvary, audiologist and proprietor of Gippsland Audiology.
     Meg spoke to those gathered on the types of hearing loss that people may be afflicted with, the possible solutions and treatments and the services that are offered at Gippsland Audiology.
     Basically there are four types of hearing loss:
Auditory Processing Disorders:- when the brain can’t properly comprehend sound information contained in speech or working out the direction that sound is coming from
Conductive Hearing Loss:- when there is a problem in the outer or middle ear caused by infections, a punctured ear drum or a blockage such as a buildup of ear wax, or fluid or small bony growths. Surgery and some types of hearing technologies can be used to treat Conductive Hearing Loss such as Bone Conduction Hearing Aids, Bone Anchored Hearing Devices and Middle Ear Implants.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss:- when the hearing organ, the Cochlea, and/or the auditory nerve is damaged or doesn’t work properly and can’t accurately send information to the brain. It is almost always permanent.
Other:- genetic or the natural aging process, diseases, accidents or exposure to loud noises and certain kinds of chemicals and medications. Technologies such as Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Hybrid Cochlear Implants can help reduce the effects of having Sensorineural Hearing Loss. The most recent and effective cochlear implant was developed by an Australian, Professor Graeme Clark. The first implant of his was performed on a patient in 1978.
A Mixed Hearing Loss occurs when both Conductive Hearing Loss and Sensorineural Hearing Loss are present. The sensorineural component is permanent, while the conductive component can either be permanent or temporary.
Gippsland Audiology offer a wide range of services, from highly qualified staff, trained as audiologists with several years of University training and working under clinical supervision, as opposed to Audiometrists who do hearing tests and have undergone TAFE training.
     Meg explained that Gippsland Audiology was a business that worked to a high ethical standard as proscribed by the peak body. They are fully independent and receive no commissions for products sold; therefore they are able to procure and fit patients with any type of assisted hearing device that suits their needs and budget.
     She also said that to have an after care service locally, where adjustments, repairs and monitoring of a patient’s condition were very important considerations for patients when seeking help.
     She strongly recommends that regular hearing assessments are important, particularly when there is a perceived hearing loss for whatever reason and assessments on adults and children can be conducted for all types of conditions.
     They also can provide, fit and maintain all types of assisted hearing devices which these days are very compact, hardly noticeable and in some cases invisible when worn.

Both Chairman Anita and President David thanked Meg for what was a very informative, well-presented and important talk.