As we age, many of us experience difficulties with hearing. This affects us in so many areas of life: Communicating with family, socialising in groups, enjoying music and being able to hear on the phone.
In addition to hearing loss, people who have been exposed to noise or other stresses often develop ringing in the ears, which is called ‘tinnitus.’ Other ear problems include over-sensitivity to sound, ear related dizziness or chronic blocked ear.
Most people will talk to their doctor and maybe an audiologist and may be offered a hearing aid. Hearing aids are beneficial once hearing loss reaches a certain level, but they will not solve all of these problems. When it comes to hearing in a noisy room, where there are many voices competing in the background, a different solution may be needed.