What should I do about suspected hearing loss?


What I should do if I'm losing my hearing?
Why should I get help?
Who can help me?

What I should do if I'm losing my hearing?

Acknowledging that you might have hearing loss and accepting that you may need to take action is an important step, but remember that there is plenty of help and support available.

Why should I get help?

If your hearing loss is very small you may not need hearing aids at this stage, but if you do need hearing aids, here are two good reasons for taking action as early as possible:

1. Correctly set-up hearing aids can improve quality of life significantly. Hearing aids will allow you to once again enjoy sounds you have been unable to hear for a long time. Hearing aid users can also find conversations in social environments a lot less exhausting.

2. If you have hearing loss, your brain can become unaccustomed to receiving sound input. The longer that this state persists, the harder it will become to get used to hearing again, and the less effective hearing aids may be in the end.

Who can help me?

First of all, talk to your family, friends and colleagues. Make them aware of any difficulties you are having, so that they can provide you with the help and support that you need.

It is important to contact your GP if you have any worries about your hearing. Your GP will investigate the cause of the problem and if necessary refer you to an audiology (hearing) department in a hospital or private audiologist or ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) specialist, if you prefer.

 


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