Do you have hearing loss?
Hearing loss is a gradual thing
It can happen over a number of years and at first most people don’t notice that their hearing is getting worse.
Some tell-tale signs
Do you find it difficult to hear what the actors are saying when you’re at the cinema or theatre? Does it sound like they’re mumbling?
Is it difficult sometimes to hear what the person on the end of the telephone is saying?
Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves?
Hard to follow?
Is it hard to follow a conversation when you’re in a group of people and more than one person is talking?
When you’re in a loud pub or restaurant, is it hard to follow what the person you’re talking to is saying?
Do you often mishear what others say or think that somebody has said something different?
Have any of your friends or family suggested that you might not be hearing as well as you used to?
Have you started avoiding places where you can’t hear properly?
Do you struggle to hear people who are calling you from another room?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above questions, you may benefit from a hearing test and professional advice from a qualified hearing professional.
It’s tempting to think that hearing loss only affects you, but in fact it affects almost everyone as they age – especially if you’ve worked in a noisy environment, or listened to loud music. Nobody likes talking about it because losing your hearing can also be a very emotional experience. Hearing loss can make you feel cut off and isolated, and it’s unfortunate that there is still something of a stigma attached to it.
We want to do something about this
That’s why we’ve teamed up with leading psychologist Donna Dawson, who herself was recently diagnosed with age-related hearing loss, so knows first-hand the emotions and issues involved.
‘The emotional impact of hearing loss is huge and people’s reaction to the symptoms of a hearing impairment is often denial,’ said Miss Dawson.
‘By denying you have a problem, this has a negative knock-on effect to the rest of your life. I have recently experienced this first-hand, having been diagnosed with age-related hearing loss myself.
‘Before seeking help, I was defensive about my hearing and denied for a long time that there was anything wrong. I’d compensate and make excuses, when in fact I should have acknowledged and embraced the situation.
‘Now, having seen an audiologist, I have faced up to the fact my hearing, just like my eyesight, isn’t as sharp as it once was. You may find a friendly chat with one of our qualified hearing professionals while having your hearing tested a great help.'