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General Practitioners

Hearing loss becomes more prevalent with age so it’s important to make it a part of their annual health assessment. Encourage patients over 60 to get a hearing test. 

 If you wish, we can also come to your practice to hold information and education sessions for your doctors and staff or host in-house hearing check clinics, at no cost to you or your patients. 

GPs can also find support by calling 1800 776 631.  

Why hearing is important 

When left untreated, hearing loss can increase the risk of other acute health conditions and lead to social withdrawal and low self-esteem. 

The earlier hearing loss is diagnosed and treated, the greater the benefits for the patient and their wellbeing. 

Impact of hearing loss

Hearing loss is rarely sudden, which means many will not detect an issue right away. Often it will be a family member or friend that notices it first, leading to a hearing check with the GP.  

Fear of losing their hearing can cause feelings of anxiety or stress. Some patients will be in denial that there’s anything wrong, while others will be hesitant to get a check. 

It’s vital to help patients understand that hearing loss is easy to manage and that there are support services available to them. A diagnosis is a positive step towards improving their quality of life and improving communication with loved ones. 

What GPs can do

Encouraging patients to get regular hearing checks by incorporating it into their regular check-ups means hearing health stays top of mind. Explain the importance of their hearing and that it should be monitored like any other aspect of their health, such as eyesight, cholesterol or heart function. 

Having posters or pamphlets for hearing checks in the waiting room is a good way to prompt patients into taking action if they’ve noticed changes in their hearing. 

The flags of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples

Hearing Australia acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land that we live and work on, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.