If you are experiencing difficulties with your hearing, you are not alone. Around 9 million people in the UK – one in seven of the population– experience some level of hearing loss.
Hearing loss is often a very gradual process that may take place over a number of years. Often, people do not become aware of any problem until their hearing loss has reached a level where its impact is felt in everyday communication. However, there are some early signs that you can look out for:
- Do other people seem to mumble?
- Is it sometimes difficult to hear other people’s voices in a noisy pub or restaurant where others seem to manage quite well?
- Do you find other people’s TV or radio volume too low for you to hear clearly?
- Do other people comment that your TV or radio is too loud for them?
- Do you sometimes misunderstand what others are saying to you?
- Do you find yourself ‘filling in the gaps’ when you have misheard what someone has said to you?
- Do you often have to ask others to repeat what they have said to you?
With many types of hearing loss, the high frequency sounds are the first to go, which leads not to a lack of volume as such, but to speech sounding less distinct. So, while you may still hear someone talking, you may think they are mumbling and not be able to make out exactly what is being said. Increasingly finding yourself in such a situation can become difficult, and over time, you may withdraw and begin to feel isolated.
We will take the time to provide an accurate assessment of your hearing loss, which enables us to deliver the best solution for your individual needs, transforming your ability to communicate easily again, and ultimately your quality of life.
Find out about what causes hearing loss and take our online hearing test.
Do something positive
If a hearing loss (even if it is only slight) is affecting your quality of life, you can do something positive about it instead of trying to just ‘cope’ or live with it. This might mean a visit to see your local, friendly hearing aid audiologist at an AIHHP hearing centre of excellence to talk through all the options available.
All AIHHP members will take the time to provide an accurate assessment of your hearing loss, which will enable them to deliver the best solution for your individual needs, transforming your ability to communicate easily again, and ultimately your quality of life.
Understanding and accepting a hearing loss is the first step to overcoming the difficulties it causes.
Hearing Link is a UK hearing loss organisation that makes it easy to find the right information, services and support. It is for people with any level of hearing loss and for their families too.
Hearing Link Head Office, 27-28 The Waterfront, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 5UZ. Tel: 0300 111 1113. Text/SMS: 07526 123255. Fax: 01323 471260. email@example.com
Hearing Link Scotland Office, The Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DP. Tel/Text: 0131 447 9420. SMS 07564 916798. firstname.lastname@example.org