Wondering if you need a hearing test?
Hearing is a vital link to the world around us. It helps us to talk to our friends, family and connect with our community. We’re all social beings and research shows us that good hearing is linked to our happiness.
Yet all too often we see patients coming to us with advanced hearing problems that they’ve suffered for many months and sometimes years. The problem is that it’s easy to adapt to a gradual loss of hearing and lose track of how the loss is impacting your life.
So if your family and friends mention you’re not hearing well on a regular basis, it might be time to listen.
A hearing impairment will affect one in every six people. It can occur at any age, but becomes more prominent with age. As many as half the people over the age of 60 experience some form of hearing impairment and up to 75% of people who are over 70 years.
People often try to ignore the signs of hearing loss or adapt their lifestyle to accommodate the changes.
Here are some signs to watch for that can indicate you or your loved one has a hearing loss:
Difficulty hearing friends or family on the telephone
It’s a good idea to come and have a hearing test if more than two or three of the following scenarios apply to you or someone you care about, it would be a good idea to get your hearing tested.