Noticing hearing loss in family and friends
Working out that someone close to you is experiencing hearing loss isn’t always easy – especially as it tends to happen gradually. They might not even notice it is happening. You may have noticed a deterioration in their hearing but they may be reluctant to accept that these changes are occurring. Hearing loss can also add to stress. They may feel frustrated by not being able to hear normal sounds or have conversations with those closest to them. This could also mean they try to avoid social events.
The earlier the treatment, the better
When hearing loss goes untreated, it can deteriorate and affect different aspects of everyday life. Also, as your hearing deteriorates, the sound signals to the brain become weaker, causing auditory deprivation. This can lessen your brain’s abilities to function effectively. Early intervention “trains” your ears when they are most able, setting you up for more effective treatment and healthy hearing. Encourage your family member or friend to get a hearing test as soon as they can. And then they will be on their way to a life of healthy hearing.
The first step to better hearing is FREE
This is a simple test to check your hearing. This quick check will determine if there is a hearing loss. The check takes only 20 minutes and is available for people aged 18 years and over. Upon completion, we may recommend a full diagnostic hearing test with an audiologist to determine the severity and type of loss, along with what steps to take next.