8 common signs of hearing loss
Hearing loss is something that affects most people eventually but social stigma around it means the average person takes about 10 years after they notice the first symptoms, to seek help.¹
According to Action on Hearing loss around seven in 10 adults over 70 experience some level of hearing loss, making it one of the most common issues affecting older people.
However, Specsavers chief audiologist Gordon Harrison said people are often reluctant to talk about hearing loss or acknowledge they had a problem. ‘We often see people in our stores who have struggled with their hearing for years before finally booking an appointment. Once they have had the test and try hearing aids for the first time they always tell us they wish they had come in earlier.
‘People are often surprised at how small and discrete many of our hearing aids are, some are virtually invisible while being worn. So, I would encourage anyone struggling with their hearing to book an appointment or drop in for some advice as there is no need to suffer in silence.’
Untreated hearing loss can make understanding conversations and joining in more difficult, which can lead to stress, social isolation and even depression. Recent studies have also shown a link between hearing loss and the development of dementia in older adults.²
Hearing loss symptoms
Here are some of the common signs of hearing loss. If you recognise any of these situations in yourself, or someone you know it would be a good idea to book a free hearing test.
- You have the TV or radio volume uncomfortably loud for other people
- You find It difficult to hear dialogue in the cinema or theatre
- Telephone conversations are hard work
- You ask people to repeat things or misunderstand what they say
- You have difficulty following conversations in groups
- You feel isolated because you cannot hear properly
- You avoid situations that you used to enjoy because of the way you hear
- Someone suggests you might not be hearing as well as you need to.
Specsavers recommends that anyone over the age of 55 has a hearing test every two years.
¹ Action on hearing loss
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