As Deaf Awareness Week approaches (15-21 May), we wanted to use the opportunity to highlight the importance of regular hearing checks.

Occurring naturally with age, or as a result of exposure to too much loud noise over time, hearing loss affects one in six people in the UK. It is often a very gradual process and can happen over several years, so people often don’t realise their hearing is getting worse.

Simple check

Hearing loss can affect every aspect of a person’s life and can often be quite isolating. Most people know that it’s important to get their eyes examined regularly as part of a full health check, but fewer people realise the importance of a simple hearing check.

Having the volume on the TV or radio turned up high or regularly asking people to repeat themselves are common signs that someone might have hearing loss.

In fact, because hearing tends to deteriorate gradually over time, friends and family will often notice the signs before you do.

Free test

As well as offering free hearing tests with our hearing aid audiologist Harley Stevens, Specsavers also offers the latest high-tech hearing aids from world leading manufacturers and free aftercare for as long as you need it.

If you’re not sure whether you have a hearing problem, we can carry out a three-minute hearing check as a quick and easy way to find out. It’s free and you don’t need an appointment. If the audiologist thinks you would benefit from a full hearing test, that’s free too and you’ll be able to book an appointment for a time that suits you.

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