Children chattering, telephones ringing, neighbours gossiping – sometimes it can feel as though the world is full of noise and yet you crave some peace and quiet. But imagine not being able to hear those things properly. Living in a world of semi-silence, constantly asking people to repeat themselves, turning the television up a little more every day is not something even worth imagining.
Suddenly, the noises that seemed so intrusive can seem very welcome and you find yourself wishing for less quiet and more clarity.
Hearing loss is a very debilitating condition and one which can be very difficult to accept. If you were born with hearing difficulties then you may have become used to them – although this doesn’t make them any less unpleasant. But if you find that your hearing is deteriorating over time then it can be quite an admission that you think you need some help. At first you may just put it down to age, background noise, water in your ears – but if you are regularly struggling to hear then the chances are you need a hearing aid. There are a number of private companies out there which have been set up to offer advice and support and make sure you are getting the right products and services at the right price.
Take a test
You will need to have a hearing test to ascertain the level of hearing loss. As with everything medical, the sooner you go the sooner it can be sorted out. Losing this vital sense really impacts on your wellbeing and self confidence and you may find yourself avoiding spending time with friends and family, or missing out on social occasions as a result. Life is there to be enjoyed and it is a crying shame that people are growing increasingly isolated over issues which can generally be sorted out easily.
Find the right product for you
After your hearing test, you may be advised that you need a hearing aid and your specialist can explain the different types of products available. Whilst your hearing specialist may have a range of products they normally use it is also really important that you choose one which offers the right aftercare services, as you may have some questions once you start using your device.
Hearing loss is difficult to cope with, but it can be sorted – most importantly don’t let it take over your life.
Sarah Lewis is a hearing loss specialist who has used www.hearingaidsattrade.co.uk on a number of occasions when recommending hearing aids.