Hearing loss is a natural part of the ageing process and because it often occurs gradually, many people don’t realise their hearing is declining: it’s often friends or family who notice the problem first.
Wendy Pearce, Australian Hearing’s Head of Clinical Support, says that while so many people have difficulties hearing, it typically takes seven to 10 years for people to seek help.
“Some people tend to postpone doing something about their hearing loss because they think hearing aids are clunky or they see hearing loss as a sign of ageing. But good hearing is essential to staying connected and confident, particularly in noisy environments. Plus, there are a wide range of hearing aids available to suit different needs and lifestyles, so there’s no reason to shy away,” Wendy said.
Six early warning signs of hearing loss are:
- You can hear but not understand.
- You find it harder to hear in noisy situations with groups of people.
- You have difficulty understanding people unless they are facing you.
- You think people mumble.
- You don’t always hear the doorbell or the phone.
- You need to turn the TV up louder than other people.
If you or a loved one have any concerns, it’s best to get your hearing checked. Australian Hearing offers free hearing checks to any interested adults. Contact your nearest centre on 131 797 or visit www.hearing.com.au. Australian Hearing provides subsidised hearing care for eligible people, including pensioners and most veterans. For more information call 131 797 or visit www.hearing.com.au