Five Reasons To Have Regular Hearing Checks
Post on 2nd February 2022
With today’s busy lifestyles you’ll often hear people say there’s never enough time to get everything done.
Some things we just put off or simply never get around to.
Looking after our health should figure on the ‘to do’ list. That certainly goes for having regular hearing checks as, despite what you may think, hearing loss can strike at any age and is not reserved for elderly people.
Listen up to some good reasons why it’s important to have regular hearing checks.
- Early detection
Hearing loss can creep up gradually and go unnoticed until the impact on a person’s social and mental wellbeing becomes obvious. You don’t have to wait until then. The earlier hearing loss is identified the better and regular checks will help you to keep track of any changes. They are especially important for people at a higher risk of hearing loss, such as adults over 50 years old, those working in noisy places, those listening to music at high volumes for long periods of time and those experiencing ear problems.
- Time well spent
Hearing checks are quick and painless so should fit in to the busiest of lives. A simple hearing screening takes just 15-20 minutes and indicates whether a more thorough hearing check is required. This comprehensive assessment takes around an hour and is carried out by a Hearing Aid Audiologist who will explain the results and whether further action is needed.
- Quality of life
Hearing loss left untreated can leave people at risk of developing other problems such as social isolation and depression and there is a link with dementia too. Regular hearing checks can show whether hearing aids are needed and they will make a significant difference to a person’s quality of life. Research shows the earlier people adopt hearing aid technology the better their hearing will be in the long-term.
- Ear health
Hearing checks are not just about testing the quality of a person’s hearing – they look at general ear health too. It’s a way to spot issues such as earwax build up, infections or growths.
- The signs are there
Finally do not ignore the signs that your hearing is not what it once was. It may be you struggle to hear or keep up with conversations, especially in noisy environments, and you turn the volume up on the TV or radio when others remark it’s too loud. If you find yourself often having to ask people to repeat themselves, or you feel stressed from the concentration needed while listening, it’s a good reason to keep up with regular hearing checks.
Scrivens recommend an annual hearing health check for anyone over 50 and every two years for anyone over 40 to identify any changes and see what action is needed.
We provide a free NHS hearing service for people who are eligible and have been referred by their GP.