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The ability to hear is vital when it comes to experiencing the world around you. You use it everyday, whether it be asking your children how their day was or relaxing on the couch watching your favourite programme. It’s therefore vital that you take the necessary steps to safeguard so you can continue to enjoy life’s moments to the fullest.

Surprisingly, hearing loss is quite common. It can be temporary or permanent and can impact on people of all ages, although usually it comes on gradually as you get older.

 

In the UK, 35% of the population with hearing loss are under the age of 60.

What causes hearing loss?

 

There are numerous reasons as to why hearing loss can come to fruition; things like your age, lifestyle, your working and living environment and exposure to loud noise can all have an impact.

How do I know if I have hearing loss?

 

There are a range of indications you may suffer from hearing loss:

People suffering from hearing loss often don’t notice the symptoms themselves or feel embarrassed to confront them and take action. With that in mind, it often falls to family members and friends to give them a gentle push to seek treatment. It can be an emotional experience for all parties but it is vital that these symptoms aren’t ignored to ensure the patient can receive the best treatment possible.

Types of hearing loss

Sensorineural 

Conductive

Mixed

Top tips to help prevent hearing loss

Rest

 

If you are exposed to loud noise, take breaks from them every 15 minutes

Protect

Use ear muffs or ear plugs if you work in a loud environment

Manage

 

When listening to music do not have the volume higher than 60%

Test 

 

If you are regularly exposed to loud noises take a hearing test once a year

What else can be done to help?

Whether it’s hearing your children’s first words or simply waking up to the sound of the birds singing, hearing is a sense which we all cherish, meaning hearing loss can be devastating. It can have an impact not just on the person affected, but also loved ones. Thankfully we’re here to help. Usually one of the reasons you’re taking action is due to communication issues with friends and family. We suggest a friend or family member accompanies you and therefore any decisions can be shared and consulted upon.

 

Our experienced audiologists can carry out comprehensive hearing tests and provide you with a full assessment. Your hearing Assessment will include:

  • Background history 

  • Lifestyle assessment 

  • Video otoscopy, photographing the outer ear, eardrum and canal in full colour to investigate reasons for possible hearing impairment 

  • Pure tone audiometry determining the level of hearing loss 

  • Speech in noise testing 

  • An audiogram, giving a graphic record of your hearing ability at various sound frequencies  

  • A hearing health report

Waterloo Eye Centre has been taking care of the visual health of the local community since 1994.

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