If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be experiencing hearing loss.
Hearing loss occurs when the pathway of sound transferring through the intricate workings of our auditory system is interrupted at some point, and it can be difficult to identify because it is usually of gradual onset.
As we age, it is expected that our senses become less sensitive, and hearing is no exception. In fact, the tiny hair cells of our inner ears no longer regenerate after the age of 20. Our brains are particularly good at acclimatising to gradual change, which is why it can be difficult for us to recognise hearing loss until it becomes quite intrusive. Often someone close to us may be able to identify it sooner, as it may be impacting on their lives as well.
Research tells us that people delay seeking hearing help for much longer than they should. Untreated hearing loss results in physical, social, and mental health impacts that are preventable.
Hearing tests check a person’s ability to hear the loudness and pitch of sounds. Some reasons why you may need a hearing test include ringing in your ears, others companing that you talk too loud or watch the TV on high volume, or simply you have trouble hearing conversations.
While there’s no replacement for a consultation with a hearing-care expert, our free online hearing screening can provide some quick and useful feedback about your hearing. The screening should be carried out in quite space and all you need is a pair of headphones!
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