There are many reasons why people hesitate and avoid getting their hearing tested. For some, taking the step to visit a specialist or get a hearing aid seems too daunting. But finding a solution for your hearing loss will dramatically improve your quality of life in the best possible way. Here are five reasons to act now:
Hearing aids can help
Often, the biggest obstacle standing in the way of a hearing solution is the stigma around hearing aids. Nobody wants to wear a big, clunky device that draws everyone’s attention. But like your mobile phone or TV, technology is always improving, adding features and removing bulk. Hearing aids nowadays are discreet, with some almost invisible once they’re on.
Improve your mental and physical health
If you’ve stopped taking part in your normal social and physical activities, untreated hearing loss may contribute to a deterioration of your overall health. When you can’t hear the conversations and world around you, it’s natural to feel isolated and start withdrawing. Hearing loss also affects your memory and concentration levels. Acting sooner rather than later will improve your mental and physical health.
Keep yourself (and others) out of danger
When it’s difficult to hear alarms, announcements and instructions, you put yourself at constant risk. If you live alone without a hearing aid or other devices, you’re likely to miss the phone ringing or a doorbell. When you’re out and about, it’s important to hear announcements, like evacuations, or other dangers like an oncoming vehicle.
Get back to doing the things you love
It’s common to avoid social situations and group activities because you’re embarrassed about having to ask people to repeat themselves. You may stop doing things you love, like listening to music or watching movies because you can’t hear them. Treating your hearing loss lets you get back to communicating with friends and family as normal. An audiologist will help you to find a solution that suits your everyday needs, so it can be tailored to your job, hobbies or lifestyle.
Reconnect with your friends and family
Australian Hearing audiologist Janette Thorburn says clients that have hidden or ignored hearing loss for years report a huge increase in the quality of their lives, as well as the lives of their families and loved ones.
“I had one daughter burst into tears when she relayed the joy of hearing her father have an in-depth conversation with his grandchild for the very first time and then another woman who burst into tears because it was the first time in 20 years that she’d been able to communicate easily with her husband Hearing devices can change people’s lives”
Don’t wait. Speak to an expert or get a free, 15-minute hearing check-up, and get back to living your life.
Free hearing checks are available for adults at any of Australian Hearing’s locations across the country. Find a centre near you.