15% of the world’s adult population has some degree of hearing loss, 75% of adults with hearing loss are 65 years and younger and 95% of people with hearing loss can benefit from using hearing aids.
Hearing loss is one of the UK’s most common health problems. It is also one of the most ignored problems, although it need not be that way.
Hearing loss has noticeable side effects such as isolation, confusion, annoyance, embarrassment, the list goes on, but are all highly treatable. There are now links between unresolved hearing loss and depression, so early identification and resolution is vital.
For most, hearing loss is a natural and gradual part of the aging process. Hearing loss can also be caused by genetic medical conditions, ear infections, illness, traumatic injury and prolonged exposure to noise.
People with hearing loss often say they can hear people talking but can’t understand what is being said. This is because unlike losing sight, hearing can deteriorate in some areas of the sound spectrum but not others. It’s more like going colour blind than totally blind, and because it is an unseen disability, its effects can be far worse.
Discovering that you have a hearing loss can be difficult to accept at first, and you’re not alone. Many people with hearing loss wait years to take action.
If you’re feeling hesitant about taking the next step, take some advice from those who have already taken the journey. They once felt the same as you but have found that now they are using hearing aids they enjoy great improvements in social environments; at home and at work, watching the TV or going out to socialise. Indeed 95% of all people with hearing loss can benefit from the use of hearing instruments. Like relearning a language or musical instrument, the sooner you act, the sooner you can get the benefit – and the longer it will last.
Today there is a wide choice of hearing instruments to suit every need, style and budget. It is important to be able to consider all of the options.
Hearing aids do not just amplify sound.The latest technology can help highlight speech and reduce the discomfort of background noises, as well as use multi adaptive microphones to zoom in on speech. Many now perform this function fully automatically. In certain instruments, wireless technologies allow you to connect your modern devices with your hearing instruments, including mobile phones, tablets smart phones, TVs and more.
Choosing the right hearing instruments comes down to a number of factors: your hearing loss, the features and look you prefer, and your lifestyle.
The more information you and your family can provide, the more accurately your Audiologist can prescribe a solution. Missing out on vital insights from those around you who notice things about your hearing that you do not, can result in a less successful outcome.
With the information you provide, your hearing professional can make any necessary adjustments to improve your listening experience can ensure your hearing instruments are working optimally for you
To help you determine which type of hearing instrument is best for you, your hearing professional will take all of the information they have into consideration. Not only severity and type of hearing loss and specific cosmetic or dexterity based points but how your hearing affects your life and those around you and what you hope to get from your hearing.