Can you hear me, or can't you?

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At first, it was funny hearing two hearing-incapable guys talking to each other. At times, it seems like they were having a quarrel. As days go by, you started to feel a bit annoyed as both of them tend to do things differently, not as per discussed. 

Then you started to look for help and realised that your grandfather is deaf and your father is experiencing hearing loss. 

And the fact is that these two are totally different conditions, makes you kinda helpless as to how to assist both of them.
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hear.com a subsidiary of German-based audibene recently estimated about 2 million Malaysians currently suffer from hearing loss whether they realize it or not. Not to be mistaken with ‘deafness’, a condition where an individual experience ‘very little to no hearing at all’; ‘hearing loss’ refers to mild to the severe difficulty to hear

Contrary to the common belief that hearing loss only affects elderly people above the age of 65, hearing loss is a condition that can affect the society from as early as childbirth as babies may be born with the hereditary condition or physical defect that causes hearing loss.
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However, as society grows older, people with hearing loss problems grow younger. In Malaysia, there is a rising number of people between the age of 35 and 45 who are facing difficulties with their day-to-day activities resulted from hearing loss. This scenario has affected productivity at the workplace and human relationship with people around them. 

“We need to fight the stigma that says only old people suffer from hearing loss. People from this age group, 35 to 45 years old are at their peak stage of productivity, in both professional and personal contexts. At work, you are managing major projects or running a successful business. At home, you are parents to young children who need constant attention growing up,” said Alexander Evertz, Managing Director of hear.com in Malaysia. “We need to ensure that hearing loss does not affect how the society progresses, hence the urge to encourage people to seek assistance at an early stage to prevent degenerative effects in the long run when this issue goes untreated”.

Although there are various factors contributing to hearing loss, including ageing, infections, trauma and side effects from taking certain drugs, one should not discount the social factors such as the working environment. From working at a construction site to working at the airport hangar and even, working desk-bound while listening to music like most millennials do to drown noises around you, everybody is at a certain degree of risk to suffer from hearing loss. 
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Evertz added, there are no specific signs that are proven scientifically as symptoms of hearing loss. “When we speak to those people who come for a hearing test, we receive various feedbacks including some complaints from their family members on issues as simple as the television or music is switched on too loudly for an average person,” he said. “However, when you start to notice that you cannot catch up with conversation or distinguish spoken words and noises, that is a good indicator that you’re experiencing hearing loss. The best thing to do next is to get tested”. 

hear.com welcomes Malaysians to come for a free consultation and offers a 7-day risk-free trial where customers can try out world-class, high-quality German technology hearing aids with step-by-step guidance from professional audiologists at the comfort of their own home. This unique outreach system allows hear.com personnel to build stronger engagement with customers all over Malaysia to understand their hearing needs better. 
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The World Health Organization, WHO published a report on hearing loss estimating an annual global loss of USD 750 billion. Although there are no specific studies conducted in Malaysia to assess losses incurred from hearing loss, 24 out of 30 traffic policemen suffered from noise-induced hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to traffic noises from vehicles as published by Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2007. In 2016, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, DOSH recorded more than 7,000 workers’ hearing have been affected in the workplace. In 2018, 60 to 70% of the 700 occupational-related illnesses reported in Johor were linked to hearing loss. 

“While the government has taken proactive measures to ensure employers provide a safe and healthy workplace for employees, we are concerned that the damage is already done and it’s time for intervention by offering solutions to these people so they can continue to contribute to the country’s economy,” said Evertz. The latest workforce data published by the Malaysian Department of Statistics in September 2018 revealed that there are close to 15 million people actively employed in various sectors across Malaysia. 

hear.com organizes free health talks across Malaysia regularly as part of their corporate social responsibility to create more awareness of hearing loss among Malaysians. They also welcome the public to try out their hearing aids to find out which one provides the best solution to their hearing problems.
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Monday, 06 May, 2019 delete

alamak seram plak baca pos ni, dah ler aku ada masalah pendengaran ni hah.. hauhauahuaha

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Tengkubutang
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Monday, 06 May, 2019 delete

my mother suffer from hearing lost too.. dah lama dah sejak kecil disebabkan hal yang tidak dapat dielakkan.. sekarang ni mak TB pakai alat yang macam ni jugak rawlins..

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xulhlmi
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Monday, 06 May, 2019 delete

my grandma suffer it too when she ride a boat, sampai sekarang pendengaran dia lemah, susah bercakap dan kadang salah faham juga. tapi bila pakai Hearing Aid, beliau selalu complaint sakit dan berdesing. erm harap kita jaga telinga elok-elok

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Mahamahu
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Monday, 06 May, 2019 delete

Dulu kita teringat lagi yang arwah nenek kita guna produk untuk orang yang kurang pendengaran macam ni heheheh tapi sekarang lagi kecil dan juga lagi canggih bagus...

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Nadia Johari
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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

Pernha nampak orang pakai ni sebb dia ada maalh pendengaran.. Bgus ade alat ni sekuranganya dapatla dia dengar apabyang orang cakap. Kalau rasa telinga tubproblem memang kene cek la kan

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Hanny Abdullh
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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

Makin tua ni makin kurang gak pendengaran ni..aduhhh risau gak dibuatnya. Harap2 tak lah sampai tahap serius..tak pasal2 kena lak pKai alat ni nanti. Tapi bagus sb dh makin canggih dr dulu

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Kayathre
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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

Mak saya pun ada masalah pendengaran. Tapi she chose to not to use hearing aid. So we leave it to her choice.

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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

Anak kawan aku pakai beb. Aku ingat dia sakit ke apa rupanya dia ada masalah pendengaran and detect masa usia 4 tahun

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Mimie
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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

So far family saya semua okay lagi oendengaran. Tapi pernah juga nampak orang guna alat bantuan pendengaran ni. Tapi tuhlah bila umur makan meningkat ni risau juga kalau pendengaran kita semakin kurang kan

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Maya
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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

I have heard that age factor is one of the main factor that affects hearing and thus increasing the needs to get hearing aid. Hope that my hearing wont get affected as my age grows

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Fadzi Razak
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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

I think I need to check my hearing as well. Lately I couldn't hear what other people say clearly. I need to ask them to repeat like 2 3 times then I could understand what they are saying

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el
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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

kdg2 iols pun tak dengar juga apa yang orang sembang..kena repeat byk kali..so kena pakai ke hearing ni haha..tp this hearing very nice..npk kecil n mudah nak pakai

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saidila
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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

saya pun memang ada masalah hilang sebelah pendengaran disebabkan brain tumor , patut kena b uat kad OKU dah , kadang orang tak tahu saya pekak dan saya kena marah dengan orang sebab tak dengar ..malu tapi nak buat camner kann

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Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 delete

This is a very good info sharing, i think my dad have some hearing problem lately. Will get him to check out and if he needs it.

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Zharif Azis
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Wednesday, 08 May, 2019 delete

thanks for the sharing ya Rawlins. indeed, hearing loss semakin meningkat zaman sekarang nie. amlah penyanyi terkenal jepun pon dah jadi pekak seumur hidup, ayumi hamasaki tu. takut yer bila nikmat ditarik balik. luckily skrg dh ada organization yg peka dengan keadaan nie

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Wednesday, 08 May, 2019 delete

Rawlins, ruby pun macam tak berapa dengar. rasa macam dalam air kolam renang je tau. empty. pastu suruh la husband cek. dia cakap taik telinga keras aje. hahaha. masalahnya mana tahi telinga tu? pastu ada dengar macam nyiut nyiut. macam ada ulat bergerak. imaginasi je kot? atau dah gila? entahlah. scary. kadang bila dah pekak skit ni, tak sedar cakap pun kuat-kuat. hahaha

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Nina Mirza
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Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 delete

Kita ada kawan yang pakai ni.. Sejak kecik. Sangat membantu masalah pendengaran dia. Bagus ada nya benda ni.

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