MARVIN Gaye heard it through the grapevine; The Rolling Stones wanted to know if you could hear them knocking; and Johnny Cash could hear lost freedom from his cell in Folsom Prison.
While they didn’t need the aid of an audiologist to come to terms with their hearing concerns, not everyone is so lucky.
For anyone struggling with their hearing, a visit to an audiologist might be the first step towards solving what can be a confusing and debilitating affliction.
An audiologist can test the range of sounds a person can hear, to what degree they can hear and the location of the cause of any hearing loss.
From that, they can then provide a recommendation on what options may be available to the patient (from hearing aids to medical referrals).
Griffith Hearing is a small audiology practice offering diagnostic hearing tests, as well as the latest hearing devices for solving hearing loss problems.
The practice, which will open for appointments from December 17, will be headed up by respected hearing specialist Steve Grayson-Riley, who has personal experience with hearing loss.
“I was exposed to the science of audiology at an early age, when I was diagnosed with a permanent hearing problem at the age of five,” Steve said.
“I distinctly remember my mother driving me to Canberra where the incredibly patient audiologists from the National Acoustic Laboratories would try to convince me to wear my hearing aids.
“As a small child, I didn’t want anything to do with these clumsy devices.
“Today things are very different. Hearing devices have come a long, long way. More often than not, you can’t even tell if someone’s wearing one.
“Every day I see how new hearing technology can transform lives, from very young children to seniors struggling with age-related hearing loss.”
For Steve, opening Griffith Hearing is the culmination of a lifetime dream as he has wanted to run his own practice since qualifying as an audiologist in 1998.
“The ability to hear is what connects us to each other,” Steve said.
“Whether it’s lively conversation around the dinner table, listening to favourite music or being able to hear instructions clearly at work, our ability to hear is really important to quality of life.
“If you’re not hearing as well as you used to, or you have a family member or friend who’s noticeably less able to hear these days, come and see me at Griffith Hearing.
“The first step to a solution is finding out how your ears are performing.
“Everyone - even those who think they have perfect hearing - needs to establish a baseline for their hearing, so that losses can be quickly detected in the future.”