The Social Isolation of Hearing Loss

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

Thanks to Chee Lai and Jessica Strutt for an insightful discussion on the impacts of hearing loss this morning on ABC Focus (Link here in to listen to the chat).

Chee is a mate I met through our days as road cyclists. We bonded over carbon frameworks, 45km before our work days, long blacks and marginal gains on the bike. We also realised, thanks to the 6 degrees of separation that Perth brings, that we attended university at the same time and had about 100 mutual friends. Needless to say, it was only a matter of time before we crossed paths.

Jessica Strutt is the host of ABC Focus (10am WAST), a reporter and journalist and all round great conversational facilitator. Today was the first time we met and it was a pleasure to be on her show.

When I was originally welcomed to the show we had a focus of discussing hearing loss in young adults, however as the conversation unravelled, the more evident title of 'Social Isolation and hearing loss' became the main focus, today.

There are many co-morbidities and aspects of hearing loss and tinnitus that were not covered in this edited version of the discussion (the live version went for 60 minutes!), however I think this is a great way to start conversations around the importance of hearing and hearing loss.

Here is the link to the awesome conversation here:

The social isolation of hearing loss.

Remember, there is help out there for hearing loss, tinnitus and communication behaviours. If you require any advice or suspect you have a hearing loss, please contact me or your GP to further discuss your symptoms.

Hears 2 ears, Kat Penno

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