Understanding hearing loss

There are varying degrees of hearing loss, with some people experiencing mild to profound loss of hearing (hearing impaired), and others a complete loss of hearing (deaf). A diagnosis is required to ascertain the severity of the hearing loss. There are different types of hearing impairment: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, and a mixed hearing impairment combining the former types.  

Facts about hearing loss

  • One in six Australians currently experience hearing loss.
  • “Hard of hearing” is an alternative term to describe people with hearing impairment.
  • Deaf (with a capital D) describes people who use Auslan (Australian Sign Language) to communicate, and who identify as members of the signing Deaf community.
  • There is now a wide range of modern hearing aids and technology to assist with hearing, although only one-in-five Australians who could benefit from a hearing aid actually use one.

What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

People with a hearing impairment may experience: 

  • Difficulty understanding people unless they are face to face 

  • Trouble hearing the phone ring 

  • Difficulty following conversations in loud places 

  • Issues with speech and language skills 

  • A ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. 

How can CPL help?

No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

For more information about how we can support you with hearing impairment, visit our services page, call us on 1800 275 753 or send an online enquiry

Hearing Australia Website
Connect Hearing Australia
Deafness And Hearing Loss Fact Sheets