The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. The name itself is used in reference to the upper regions surrounding the Yarra River and generally does not encompass the lower regions including the city and suburban areas, where the topography flattens out, or the upper reaches which are in inaccessible bushland. Due to its cool temperature the Yarra Valley produces some of Australia’s finest pinot noir, sparkling wine and other cool wines. The cool climate and wonderful scenery makes the Yarra Valley a great place to live in. With that being said, this place is not free from its fair share of illness and disabilities with its residents. Let us consider hearing problems & disabilities in the Yarra.
To help us with the statistics, the data provided by the people behind Australian Network on Disability has shown that Over 4 million people in Australia have some form of disability. That’s 1 in 5 people. 19% of men, and 18% of women have disability and 2.2 million Australians of working age (15 – 64 years) have disability. Furthermore, 1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss. There are approximately 30,000 Deaf Auslan users with total hearing loss. An estimated 10% of the population has dyslexia. That’s more than two million Australians 45% of the population will experience a mental health disorder during their lifetime.
This data helps give us to some extent an overview on what to expect with regards to common disabilities experienced by the Australian community. The Yarra Valley has also reported a number of cases revolving around hearing problems most notably the Meniere’s disease.
Meniere’s disease is considered to be a disease of unknown cause which affects the membranous labyrinth of the ear, causing progressive deafness and attacks of tinnitus and vertigo. With it being a foreign or unknown disease, no real cure or treatment exists just yet. It should be noted that Meniere’s disease leads to hearing problems making it a troublesome and serious illness. A good way of reducing the seriousness of the case is to diagnose them at an early stage and seeking medical attention right away.
One of the most common symptoms of Meniere’s disease is the recurring episodes of vertigo. This in turn makes one feel as if they are spinning. Having a fluctuating hearing loss is also a common scenario that leads to a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing. Those who are affected also oftentimes experience tinnitus which is the perception of a ringing, buzzing, roaring, whistling or hissing sound in your ear. Last but definitely not the least is with regards to having a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear or on the side of their heads. Luckily, Meniere’s disease affects only one ear.
If you feel that you are experiencing some of these symptoms, it is best to seek medical attention right away to have your condition properly diagnosed by the professionals. It is good to hear that quite a number of information about this particular disease can be found over the internet today. Meniere’s disease is considered to be a rare case and hopefully, this should not deter tourists and visitors who are planning on taking a trip at The Yarra Valley.