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Listen out for the signs of hearing loss

Post on 5th August 2019

Some things in life are obvious and hard to ignore while others – like ageing – creep up on us.

Hearing loss often comes into that latter category as it can be subtle and gradual and easier to overlook. But the signs are out there and it pays to listen to them.

Being aware of the early signs can help you to identify the problem sooner and seek help. With one in six people in the UK living with hearing loss, you are not alone.

So what should you look out for? Here are five signs that suggest your hearing is not what it should be.

1. You struggle to hear or keep up with conversations and misunderstand what people say and it’s more obvious in noisy environments
2. You turn the volume up on the TV or radio and others remark that the sound is too loud
3. You ask people to repeat themselves on a regular basis
4. You find it hard to hear on the telephone
5. You feel tired or stressed from the concentration needed while listening

If any of the above ring true with you or there are other symptoms which give you cause for concern about your hearing, then please do not ignore them.

With NHS hearing tests and digital hearing aids readily available on the high street, it is easy to seek help. You can find friendly, professional advice at your local Scrivens branch.

Scrivens recommends an annual hearing health check for anyone over 50 to identify any changes and see what action is needed.

Its branches provide a free NHS hearing service for people who are eligible and have been referred by their GP.

To find your nearest branch enter your postcode below