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FOR many peo­ple an end to Christ­mas can’t come soon enough, but not for the rea­sons you would ex­pect. How could be­ing seated around a din­ner ta­ble sur­rounded by fam­ily be so trau­matic? How could watch­ing the Christ­mas TV spe­cial be so dif­fi­cult? How could lis­ten­ing to your grand­chil­dren’s voice be so chal­leng­ing? There is one sim­ple an­swer to all of those ques­tions – hear­ing loss.

If you haven’t suf­fered with th­ese prob­lems over the fes­tive sea­son then you may well know a fam­ily mem­ber who has. Did you no­tice that in­stead of join­ing in with the con­ver­sa­tion at the din­ner ta­ble mum or grandad sat look­ing blankly into space, con­tribut­ing only with the odd ‘par­don’ or in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ment? Did you no­tice that the tele­vi­sion was louder than the rest of the fam­ily needed? If the an­swer is yes, then it is pos­si­ble that per­son may not have en­joyed Christ­mas as much as ev­ery­one else?

Jan­uary for most sym­bol­ises a new start, a new ap­proach to the prob­lems they en­coun­tered last year. For peo­ple suf­fer­ing with hear­ing loss Jan­uary of­ten presents a stark re­al­i­sa­tion that they have missed out on mak­ing the most of the pe­riod that is meant to en­cap­su­late ‘fam­ily time’. The feel­ing of iso­la­tion, frus­tra­tion and despair leaves a residue of dis­ap­point­ment and a lack of con­fi­dence. For many deal­ing with the prob­lem can be scary and the task of find­ing some­one to help is daunt­ing.

It is known as the silent dis­abil­ity, be­cause peo­ple can go a long time with­out even know­ing they have it. Usu­ally it is a fam­ily mem­ber or a friend who will be the first to no­tice. For many de­nial or ig­no­rance pro­long the in­evitable need for treat­ment, with the av­er­age per­son tak­ing 7 years to seek help from a hear­ing pro­fes­sional.

A hear­ing test by your lo­cal Au­di­ol­o­gist is the best way to find out whether you have hear­ing loss. We get our eyes and teeth checked reg­u­larly and hear­ing should be treated no dif­fer­ently, as its gift is just as pre­cious.

Hear­ing aid tech­nol­ogy has moved on sig­nif­i­cantly in the last 5 years. With the launch of in­vis­i­ble hear­ing aids and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity to de­vices like your iPhone and TV, the preva­lence of hear­ing aid use has rock­eted. It is now pos­si­ble to wire­lessly stream your TV, phone calls, and even me­dia con­tent di­rectly to your hear­ing aids.

Chal­font Hear­ing Cen­tre is a lo­cal hear­ing aid provider who of­fer a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing the finest dig­i­tal hear­ing aids, hear­ing test­ing, wax re­moval, tin­ni­tus man­age­ment and hear­ing pro­tec­tion. We of­fer a unique friendly and at­ten­tive ser­vice that pro­vides you with the in­for­ma­tion you need to make the right decision for you. We even of­fer no obli­ga­tion tri­als so you can see the ben­e­fit for your­self.

Our Au­di­ol­o­gist Leon Cox is highly qual­i­fied and trained at UCL in London and has worked along­side some of the coun­try’s lead­ing ENTs. He now cares for our pa­tients be­tween our Hen­ley and Chal­font sites.

We are of­fer­ing free hear­ing tests this Fe­bru­ary (usu­ally £45), so make this Fe­bru­ary the time to check your hear­ing!

Chal­font Hear­ing Cen­tre is based at 17 Nightin­gales Cor­ner, Cokes Lane, Lit­tle Chal­font, Bucks HP7 9PZ.

Call us on 01494 765144 to book an ap­point­ment to­day! Or visit our web­site www. chal­font­hear­ing.co.uk

Help is at hand tahnsk to the ex­cel­lent ser­vices of­fered at Chal­font Hear­ing cen­tre

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