Our ability to hear can change for a number of reasons. It may be as simple as excessive ear wax or an infection, both of which can be easily treated. A long-term change in hearing may be due to a number of factors:

Age-related hearing loss

This is the most common form of hearing loss and affects as many as 50% of people over the age of 60.

As we get older, our ability to hear begins to change. This change in hearing is a gradual process and it takes time for people to become aware of the impact it has on their lives and those of their loved ones. It is often the case that someone may struggle to hear certain sounds, but is still able to hear others perfectly well. But it shouldn’t be cause for distress as help is readily available, all you have to do is identify the problem sooner rather than later.

The team at Scrivens Hearing Care have compiled a list of common questions you should ask yourself if you feel you may be suffering from hearing loss.

Do you have to turn the TV or Radio volume up excessively to hear what’s on?

When listening to the TV or Radio, you may find that you have to turn it up loud just to hear what’s going on. You may find that people actually comment on how loud you have the TV, but to you it’s at a normal volume. This can be a sign of hearing loss.

Do you struggle to follow conversations in groups?

For sufferers of hearing loss, a group situation can be troublesome. With so much going on and many conversations happening at once you may find it extremely difficult to follow what your friends are saying as you can’t focus.

Do you find it difficult to hear people on the phone?

If telephone conversations are becoming increasingly difficult to understand even on the highest volume, this can be a sign of hearing loss.

Do other people seem like they are mumbling?

Some people mumble. This is just a fact of life. This can drive people crazy even if they have the best hearing in the world, but if you feel that EVERYONE is mumbling, this could be a sign that you are suffering from hearing loss. Social situations may become dreadfully difficult as you simply cannot understand what people are saying. This can lead to depression and a less active social life as you feel you cannot have a comfortable conversation with anyone.

Do you have to concentrate on someone to understand what they are saying?

You may find that the only way to fully understand what people are saying is by looking directly at them. You may find it hard to hear people whilst you are driving as you can’t look at them directly, or alternatively you may not be able to understand someone if they are speaking whilst they are behind you. These symptoms can also be signs of hearing loss.

If you have answered yes to any of these questions you may be suffering from some form of hearing loss. Although you may be feeling a little worried about admitting or even taking the first steps in addressing your hearing loss, most issues can be dealt with very quickly by one of our Hearing Aid Audiologists at Scrivens Hearing Care.

A free hearing health check can take as little as 15-20 minutes where one of our fully qualified Hearing Aid Audiologists will be able to advise as to the quality of your hearing. In most cases they will be able to assess the amount of hearing loss and offer expert advice on any changes necessary – this could mean anything from suggesting hearing protection at work to a discreet hearing aid.

We’re also pleased to offer free NHS hearing aids to qualifying patients, and in the same time it takes to pop to the shops you can be fitted with brand new hearing aids and get back to enjoying the activities, music and social life you love.

So what are you waiting for, why not arrange an appointment with one of our Hearing Aid Audiologists today!

In Summary

It’s important to be aware of any signs of hearing loss. By identifying and addressing any problems early on you increase the chances of treating hearing loss effectively. Although hearing loss can sometimes be a sudden thing, often it’s the gradual effects that we fail to notice.

Noise exposure

Prolonged and repeated exposure to noise can damage hearing. This may be caused by working in a noisy environment or taking part in certain activities such as DIY, attending concerts and listening to personal music players.

Within the inner ear is an organ called the cochlea. Situated inside the cochlea are a number of tiny hair cells that receive the sound signals entering the ear and transfer them on to the brain. Each of these sets of hair cells are ‘tuned’ to a particular frequency and over time some of these literally wear out, which is why certain sounds become muffled and difficult to hear.