We’ve all felt the impact of social isolation over the past year, but what’s it like to live with hearing loss, that if ignored, can make all social situations feel isolating?
The ability to hear is such an intricate part of our existence and fundamental for our overall well-being, yet most people with good hearing don’t even think twice about what it means to be able to hear well. Whether it’s chatting with loved ones, listening to the sounds of nature, enjoying music or hearing warning signals – if we can hear well, we can take it for granted.
With the end of lockdown in sight we’re all look forward to getting back to socialising with friends, visiting family, eating out at restaurants, enjoying live entertainment – but these are all situations where someone with hearing loss could find it difficult. But hearing loss doesn’t have to be a defining part of life, and The Hearing Care Centre has more than 20 years of experience in helping to overcome these problems. Put simply we want people to be ready and enjoy life to the fullest once we are able to again. Lockdown has been hard on us all but if you have hearing loss it’s easy to become even more isolated.
Some stumbling blocks are obvious, like the physical impediment a mask causes those who rely on lip-reading, however struggling to hear conversations using technology like Zoom calls is also a significant factor.
At The Hearing Care Centre we are determined not to allow hearing loss to prolong people’s lockdown isolation and our belief that no one should have to live with untreated hearing loss is fundamental to their approach. It’s a fact that one in six of us have hearing loss but the World Health Organisation has recently reported that this ratio will increase to one in four by 2050.
The work of our audiologists and clinicians is so important that it’s classed as an essential service and so we have remained open throughout the pandemic. With many people continuing to need the help and support our clinics can provide, we’ve implemented a very strict infection control policy which includes thoroughly cleaning down after every appointment, all of our clinicians wearing professional personal protective equipment and staggered appointment times to ensure there is minimal cross over of patients at our centres.
Reconnecting with the soundscape around you starts with a hearing assessment. It helps to determine the state of your hearing health and if any hearing solutions are needed.
This visit with an audiologist costs just £30 and takes around an hour. You don’t have to visit the main centre in Ipswich. They have local outreach clinics spread right across Suffolk and Norfolk.
It’s not uncommon to be wary of seeking help for fear of the need for unsightly or uncomfortable hearing aids but this is truly a myth. Twenty first century hearing aids are tiny, near invisible marvels that can not only improve your hearing, but also do some incredible things like connecting wirelessly to all your devices (your mobile phone, tablet etc) which means streaming music or sending phone calls straight into your ears. They can be adjusted using an app on your phone and many hearing aids have directional microphones that can pin point the sound you want to hear and reduce the background noise that you don’t.
If you’re not hearing as well as you used to, you’re going to be amazed by the positive impact the right solution will have on your quality of life.
Are you ready to rediscover your hearing? Click here to make a booking enquiry.