Spring has finally arrived and the sweet sounds of nature are music to many ears across the country! Yet for many, some of these sounds go completely unheard.
It’s during this special time when are our ears are alive with vibrant sounds that we should reflect on the beauty of sound, which is very often taken for granted.
Just as our eyes slowly deteriorate as we age, making it difficult to read small print, our ears can gradually lose their ability to hear sound. The difference is that if you have an inability to hear, it can affect relationships with your family and friends.
Our team are committed to doing everything possible to help those with hearing loss to reconnect with the soundscape around them. If you are beginning to notice a decline in your hearing, we are here to help. If you or someone you know has noticed any of the following signs, it may be time to spring into action and book a hearing assessment.
You find it difficult to participate in social situations
If you have hearing loss, you may not necessarily want to ask everyone to repeat themselves multiple times. Hearing only fragments of conversations can cause you to feel isolated, and as such, you're likely to sit back and not participate as actively.
Of course, being uncharacteristically quiet is not a definitive sign of hearing loss, but it's always better to have a second opinion if you are in any doubt.
Leading on from the last point, participating in a conversation with multiple speakers can be mentally exhausting. This can contribute to feelings of isolation also, as your brain is too tired to keep up with distorted speech.
The reason for this over exhaustion is because of tiny delicate hairs in your inner ear that are damaged and can't pick up sounds as well. Therefore, the signals they send to our brains will be fragmented, and so, our brains will overwork trying to piece together snippets of conversations.
Your family and friends notice that you are struggling
When friends and family point out that you may have problems with your hearing, it can be hard to take at first. You may not realise the differences in your hearing yourself. However, the signs of hearing loss are often observed more clearly by your loved ones.
What’s the next step?
If you recognise any of the above signs, please do not panic as 1 in 6 of us are affected by some form of hearing loss. However, seeking advice from a hearing care specialist would be recommended.
A hearing assessment with The Hearing Care Centre’s expert audiologists can take as little as 30 minutes. During this time, we guarantee an impartial, expert and caring approach to all your hearing concerns and can obtain a wealth of information on your hearing levels. Personalised recommendations can then be provided to ensure that your hearing blossoms.
We often hold 'Hearing Care Day's which offer free hearing assessments and professional advice from our award-winning team to help you hear to your full potential. To see what events are coming up, click here.