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Hearing guide

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Hearing is one of our most effective bridges to the outside world, alerting us to any dangers nearby so that we stay safe and enabling communication and relationship-building and strengthening with friends and family, colleagues and teachers.


In this guide, we will explain how hearing works, the types of hearing loss and the signs and symptomsof hearing loss that you should look out for. We will also discuss the many solutions to hearing loss that are available.


Most of us take our hearing for granted, yet there are as many as ten million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss. It may shock you to know that, by the age of 50, around 40% of us already have problems with our hearing. By the age of 70, this rises to 70% and the rising trend continues with advancing age.


Without good hearing, it’s easy to become frustrated, withdrawn and socially isolated, which explains why untreated hearing loss can lead to more serious problems such as clinical depression and even early onset dementia.


Although age related hearing loss is common, hearing loss can also occur at any age as a result of disease or noise-related damage. Less common is the hearing loss due to genetic problems that affect the development of the ears and this can easily be misdiagnosed.

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The PrivateHealthCare Guide to hearing loss is sponsored by Cubex, one of the most modern, progressive and innovative hearing centres in the world.

Individualised care is the core of hearing care at Cubex. Treatment programmes are designed around your needs, your wants, your abilities, your preferences and your perspective. Ever since our creation in 1964, our goal has been to give people the freedom to enjoy the pleasure of effortless communication.

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People are generally affected by two main types of hearing loss:

  • Hearing loss due to mechanical problems that prevent the sound from reaching the nerves of the inner ear. This is known as conductive hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss caused by problems with the nerves themselves. This is called sensorineural hearing loss.

Hearing tests are undertaken by trained audiologists who work in multidisciplinary teams with other health professional such as ENT consultants and speech therapists. Most hearing problems can be diagnosed and treated effectively.

We can now access a wide range of solutions to hearing loss, including different types and styles of hearing aids, including in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids and devices that are bone anchored.


Cochlear implants and other implantable hearing devices can be combined with connectivity solutions that link your hearing directly to selected devices, such as your TV or music player. You can also undergo auditory training programmes to train your brain to get the most from your hearing aids.

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We provide an enquiry service for information or quotations from up to three hearing centres for people interested in private hearing loss treatment in the UK.

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