Benefits of good hearing
There are obvious benefits to having good hearing, as it allows individuals to communicate effectively, stay socially active and manage their overall well-being.
Undiagnosed or untreated hearing loss can have a negative impact physically, mentally and socially. Hearing loss is often a direct cause of social isolation, which can lead to illnesses such as depression. There is also research which has revealed leaving hearing loss untreated, can potentially increase the risk of dementia in later life.
Not only this, but evidence has revealed that people on average wait 10 years before seeking help for their hearing loss. So that’s why we encourage people to book a consultation sooner rather than later.
Gradual deterioration of hearing and warning signs
The charity Action on Hearing Loss! believe almost ten million people in the UK are deaf or have hearing loss. There are a number of different reasons why someone might be deaf or lose their hearing, including:
- Prolonged and repeated exposure to loud noise
- Physical problems with the ear, such as a perforation of the eardrum
- A very common cause of hearing loss is simply due to ageing
More than 70% of over 70 year-olds and 40% of over 50 year-olds have some kind of hearing loss. But because age-related loss of hearing occurs very gradually, you may not realise it is happening to you.
If you experience any of the below situations, you could potentially be losing your hearing:
- You appear to mumble rather than speak clearly in conversation
- You often have to ask people to repeat themselves before you understand what they have said
- You have difficulties understanding conversation in noisy environments (e.g. restaurants and pubs, etc.) though others appear to manage
- You have difficulties keeping up in group conversations
- You are having to concentrate hard to understand conversations and may find listening tiring
- You have difficulties hearing conversation on the telephone
- People often tell you that your TV/music's too loud, but you struggle to hear it clearly at a lower volume
What can be done to help you have better hearing
If you believe you are experiencing difficulties with your hearing, you should:
- Talk to friends, family and colleagues so they can provide you with the help and support you need.
- Utilise effective communication tactics. This could include minimising background noise during conversations, ensuring people know to face you when speaking.
- Have your hearing checked. Often this will involve making an appointment to see your GP, who will decide if an onward NHS referral is necessary. If you prefer, you can go directly to a private hearing aid dispenser who will assess your hearing before deciding if you could benefit from hearing aids.
The solution to ensure you have better hearing is to look into getting a hearing aid. There are many benefits to wearing them and beginning as soon as possible:
- Hearing aids can improve quality of life significantly; they can provide access to sounds that you have been unable to hear for a long time and reduce exhaustion from increased listening effort in conversations and social situations.
- A delay in treatment means you are less likely to benefit from hearing aids, as leaving hearing loss untreated can cause your brain to become unaccustomed to receiving sound input. The longer this state persists, the harder it will become to get used to hearing again, and the less effective hearing aids may be in the end. A hearing aid therefore is most effective when fitted early.
Learn more about Chime's hearing aids, as well as a variety of devices available designed to work alongside your aid.