Losing your hearing can be a frightening and isolating thing. It’s a process that some people find difficult to talk about and others feel very self-conscious about. As with a lot of health issues that affect our day-to-day life, there can be a worry that using the technology, equipment and resources available to help with hearing is somehow shameful or admitting defeat.
However, it’s important to remember that hearing loss is a farmore common issue than you might think. This is not something that is unusual or only happening to you, and there is help out there to make things easier.
If you think that you might be starting to lose your hearing, here are three steps you should take.
Look Into How Technology Can Help
A lot of us have very old fashioned ideas about what constitutes a hearing aid, which may be why so many people are so self-conscious about looking into and using this kind of equipment. The fact is that there is a wide range of different kinds of kit that can help with your hearing and help to make life a little bit easier.
Hearing aids are more discreet now than they have ever been, and there are even implants available if a hearing aid isn’tsuitable. But it’s not just about hearing aids. For example, senior telephone can make a big difference with its amplified volume, while a vibrating watch can help you stay on top of your routine. To browse options, as well as everything from hearing aid batteries to vibrating alarm clocks, visit Audilo.co.uk.
Go For A Hearing Test
So, as we mentioned, this is not an issue that you should ignore. Hearing loss is a very common condition (one in six people in the UK suffer from some kind of hearing loss) but it won’t get any easier to deal with until you start taking positive steps. If you do start to notice that you are having difficulty hearing in one or both ears, it’s important that you go for a hearing test.
There are online hearing tests available, but these are not typically that helpful as they will only really confirm what you may already know. If you go for a professional hearing test either at a hearing centre or at your local GP surgery, then you will be given answers and suggestions on treatment and equipment that can help going forward.
Don’t Go Through It Alone
As we mentioned, losing your hearing can be an isolating experience and the truth is that it will force you to make some changes to how you go about your day. It’s going to be very important that you talk to your friends and family about what’s happening, and it may be a good idea to ask someone to accompany you on your first trip to the audiologist.
If you are feeling worried about the process, or if you feel like you could use someone to talk to about it, there are many different organisations around the country set up to offer support.