Is a loved one strug­gling to hear?

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aeak­bgg all the nu­ances of life is just as im­por­tant as see­ing the world in full colour. But all kinds of give­aways might show your loved one is strug­gling to hear.

They might strug­gle to hear chil­dren’s or women’s voices, for ex­am­ple, or find it hard to hear con­so­nants such as T, F and S. They might com­plain you are mum­bling and ask you to speak louder so they can hear you.

But whether that’s be­ing able to laugh and join in a con­ver­sa­tion at a fam­ily get­to­gether, un­der­stand what’s go­ing on in a meet­ing or sim­ply hear peo­ple on the phone, there’s a good chance they can re­gain all their old abil­i­ties if they will just get their hear­ing checked. bt’s im­por­tant to ad­dress hear­ing prob­lems, be­cause they can have com­plex con­se­quences, mak­ing every day a chal­lenge and sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect­ing qual­ity of life.

So­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects can in­clude lack of con­cen­tra­tion, avoid­ing gath­er­ings, low con­fi­dence, stress and anx­i­ety — even lone­li­ness and de­pres­sion.

Your loved one may sus­pect they have some hear­ing loss, but might be un­will­ing to ac­cept it.

Be­ing able to sup­port them with in­for­ma­tion could be a step­ping stone to them dis­cussing hear­ing so­lu­tions that will en­able them to re­con­nect to the world around them, in­creas­ing their qual­ity of life. at the right op­por­tu­nity, shar­ing in­for­ma­tion on hear­ing loss and easy next steps to start their jour­ney to re­gain the joy of hear­ing well, could help them re­alise that they can take pos­i­tive steps to make con­ver­sa­tion less of a chal­lenge.

You could take an on­line hear­ing test your­self, then en­cour­age them — and then book a free hear­ing test at a lo­cal cen­tre or in your home.

an au­di­ol­o­gist will carry out a com­pre­hen­sive hear­ing test us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, ex­plain the op­tions and pro­vide help and ad­vice to en­sure a re­turn to max­i­mum en­joy­ment of the world of sound.

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