Hearing loss can affect every aspect of your life, especially the things that are most important to you such as relationships with family, friends or work colleagues. Emotionally, physically and mentally, untreated hearing loss places stress on you that can impact negatively on all these areas of your life.
It is no wonder then that people who suffer from hearing loss often say that they feel isolated from the world going on around them. Whether you’re attending a business meeting or listening to family and friends, hearing well is vital.
The good news is that wearing hearing aids can really help and thanks to major technological advances, today’s digital hearing aids work more effectively than ever and look great. Some are so small that people can't even tell you’re wearing them.
And at Specsavers, there are no extra charges for smaller ‘in the ear’ and ‘in the canal’ hearing aids so our qualified hearing professionals can provide a discreet and cosmetically appealing solution to your hearing loss at no extra cost.
One in six adults in the UK experience some degree of hearing loss. For most people, hearing begins to deteriorate from the mid-thirties. It usually develops slowly over time and because of this you may not realise that it is getting worse. This is because the small, sensitive hair-like cells within the inner ear get worn out over the years.
When this happens you don’t simply go deaf, but it becomes more and more difficult to understand sounds clearly, particularly speech, and that can be even trickier if there is background sound.
In social environments such as a pub or restaurant it can be much harder to hear what people are saying and this can become extremely frustrating as it can sound as though people are mumbling. Or you may mishear or find yourself having to ask people to repeat themselves.
Many people whose hearing has deteriorated in this way complain that they can hear but that they cannot hear clearly and often find themselves excluded from social conversations. Some may even begin to avoid groups or situations that in the past they have enjoyed. But there is no need to suffer in silence.
Modern digital hearing aids are designed to identify and amplify speech sounds while suppressing background noise so with the right advice, practise and prescription most people find they can hear well again in most if not all situations. And as modern hearing aids work with our residual hearing, the sooner you take action the better the results will be.
If you are concerned about your hearing, why not book a test online with one of our qualified hearing professionals or by calling 0800 023 2949.