Hearing versus Listening

There is a distinct difference between hearing and listening difficulties. Each has its own cause(s), symptoms, effects and possible solutions. They are often misinterpreted or confused with one another, which can cause real frustration.  At the Hearing & Health Centre we asses the individual holistically and implement advanced techniques such as the Berard AIT and Neurofeedback to assist each person’s situation.

Hearing Difficulties

Symptoms
  • Difficulty hearing in noisy situations
  • TV or radio tuned up to a high volume
  • Ringing in your ears – Tinnitus
  • Trouble hearing women and children
  • Require frequent repetition
  • Cannot follow conversations
Negative Effects
  • Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
  • Withdraw from social situations
  • Social rejection and loneliness
  • Reduced job performance and earning power
Causes...Why?
  • Certain medications – Ototoxicity
  • Exposure to loud sounds
  • Getting older
  • Family history of hearing loss
Results

Online hearing tests are available, and thanks to technology, they are getting more advanced all the time. There are generally two types of online hearing tests:

  • Some use audio samples to determine a range of hearing loss.
  • Some ask questions to determine if you’re having enough trouble to see a hearing healthcare professional.

Online hearing tests are by no means a replacement for a thorough diagnostic hearing evaluation.

Listening Difficulties

Symptoms
  • Appear ‘tuned out’
  • Sensitive to certain sounds
  • Require frequent repetition
  • Daydreamer’ or ‘selective listener’
  • Over focused on TV
  • Attention problems
Negative Effects
  • Poor self image
  • Poor grades
  • Few friends
  • Often in trouble
Causes...Why?
  • Attention problems
  • Nutrition
  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Hyper- or hypo hearing
Results
  • Appy social life
  • Better relationships at home
  • Participation at school
  • Higher marks
  • Higher marks
  • Improved quality of life

Contact us

Tel: +27 (0)44 382 1168
E-Mail: info@neurocentre.co.za

Physical Address

Shop U9, Knysna Mall
Main Steet
Knysna 6570
South Africa