Many people do not know when to have a hearing check. Historically, people with hearing loss wait approximately 10-15 years to address their hearing loss – which is absurd!
These days it is good practice to have regular hearing checks above the age of 50. We recommend getting into the habit of testing your hearing so should it start to deteriorate it is picked up at the earliest opportunity.
Hearing loss does not often affect all types of sounds at the same rate. When you are suffering from hearing loss, often the first sounds that are ‘lost’ are the beginnings and the ends of words and sentences. It is unlikely that you will notice your hearing loss as easy as you think. Because it doesn’t happen overnight, your brain has plenty of time to adjust to it and however you hear your brain will think is normal. That is why people with hearing difficulties say they can hear speech but they cannot understand what is being said clearly which often just appears as though everyone is mumbling.
The problem is further exasperated when there is background noise, from a TV on at the same time as trying to have a conversation but more noticeably when in group conversations with multiple speakers or in noisy restaurants or cafés.
So how do you know if you need a hearing test? Ask yourself some of the questions below to help to identify the signs of hearing loss. Have a look at the following questions and if you answer yes to any of them it would be worth getting your hearing checked.