What was that again?
Isn’t it interesting that we will readily have our eyes tested, but when it comes to hearing we brush things aside, refusing to even consider a quick hearing check.
When our hearing declines we automatically, and unknowingly, lip-read.
This means that sometimes our eyes do a lot of the “hearing” for us.
This phenomenon stops us from realising that we in fact have a hearing problem and instead, we tend to blame others for mumbling, speaking softly or unclearly.
Sadly, the problem can become so large that a person with a hearing loss becomes difficult to communicate with.
Family members may have to repeat themselves, slow down, speak louder and clearer, which can be difficult.
Sometimes, family is not aware of hearing loss and, rather sadly, think its about “losing your marbles” and stop communicating.
Too many times, I have seen conversations that result in
misunderstanding from not hearing.
Hearing loss is really common. Our hearing declines in our 50s and continues to do so. By the time we are in our 70s, about 70 per cent of the population has hearing loss.
Our hearing will be even worse if we have been exposed to any noisy machinery in our lives, including construction noise and some noisy vacuums and hairdryers.
Hearing checks are painless, simple, and take a short amount of time.
Unfortunately, loss of hearing may make us think of large, ugly, hearing aids. Today hearing aids are small and sleek, and well designed and full of technology.
You may not need a hearing aid at all. Remember to make sure you see a university-trained specialist audiologist who has years of training, experience and ongoing education so that you are receiving the best possible care.
Independent audiologists are not aligned to any hearing aid brands, enabling them to prescribe the best hearing aids to match the hearing loss.
Audiologists are not the only providers of hearing aids within the industry, so make sure you are well-informed and remember to look for the university qualification.
Why not get your hearing checked regularly just to see where you’re at.