Why Check my Hearing?
Many people find ways to avoid treatment and make accommodations for hearing loss, without realising how much damage this can do to their overall health and well-being.
The World Health Organisation recommends that everyone over the age of 50 should have a regular hearing check, along with anyone under the age of 50 who works in a noisy environment or is otherwise exposed to loud sounds.
Even those who simply enjoy listening to music at loud volumes, either at live concerts or through headphones or earbuds, put themselves at risk of damage.
A hearing test is an excellent way to monitor your hearing abilities. When our hearing ability starts to diminish, we begin to work around gaps in our listening experience, both consciously and unconsciously.
Consciously, you may avoid situations that will make hearing very difficult, such as a dinner with family or friends in a noisy restaurant. You may also find yourself hesitant to attend a party where voices will be difficult to make out in conversation. In addition to these conscious decisions, you may be doing things unconsciously to assist your own hearing.
Some of these tactics include watching the mouth of a speaker to get extra help understanding what they have to say, reading between the lines in conversations by searching for context clues, and orienting your body in a way to maximize hearing ability.
Although these strategies and habits can be effective to a point, they do not provide the assistance needed to truly address hearing loss.
The results of a hearing test give you a full picture of your hearing abilities and play a crucial role in treating hearing loss.
You can take a quick online hearing test to give you an indication of whether or not you have a hearing loss.
For a more thorough and in depth assessment and specialised advice please contact us to arrange a full hearing assessment with our on site audiologist Helen.