What do I do if I think I have hearing loss?
Reading this is a great start. Because, once you think you have hearing loss, the first step to managing it, is accepting it. For too many people this can take years before they finally acknowledge hearing loss. Years of missing out on the simple joy of clear conversations and sounds.
The quickest way to know if you have hearing loss is to do the test. If you’re researching for a loved one, encourage them to do it. This will help you gauge whether there is a hearing loss, and at what level. From there it’s a simple path to improved hearing.
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What does hearing loss sound like?
Hearing loss usually develops gradually. You might not even notice it at first. Most people blame their hearing troubles on external factors in the beginning, however there are some common warning signs:
Aren't all hearing aid places the same?
Sameness. That’s exactly what Peter Blamey and Elaine Saunders saw. In 2008 Blamey Saunders hears began with the mission of placing every Australian at the centre of their hearing health – breaking the mould of an inward-looking industry.
We believe accessibility is key – from how you get care and advice through to buying hearing aids and making ongoing adjustments. We’re structured to offer what works best for you. Over the phone, online or in person. The best audiological care and hearing aids are within easy reach.
It starts with the hearing test, which was pioneered to give scientifically accurate results without the need to visit a clinic. A real-world test using words as opposed to mechanical beeps. This innovation alone has led to international awards and recognition.
You have access to the best hearing technology from Sonova, the world’s leading provider of innovative hearing care solutions. When you’re ready, simply purchase the hearing aids online or over the phone. We’ll adjust them (according to your test results) and express post them—ready to wear straight out of the box.
We’ve been offering telehealth for audiology for years. We call it teleaudiology and it means you’re always only a phone call or click away from help. We’re able to deliver all non-diagnostic hearing services over a phone or video call. It’s like having us in your living room.
Start with the hearing test or talk to us and hear the difference for yourself!
Why are hearing aids so important?
Your brain is like a muscle, which can be exercised by sound. Research shows that the area of the brain dedicated to hearing is reassigned in the early stages of hearing loss; untreated hearing loss can lead to a decline in brain functioning. High quality hearing aids are designed to provide the stimulation needed to reawaken these pathways.
Hearing aids let you hear the things you need to
As certain types of sounds become harder for us to hear; simply making these sounds louder is not enough to help us interpret them. The biggest challenge is not so much hearing sounds, but being able to make sense of what you’re hearing, especially if it carries meaning, such as speech.
Hearing aids don’t just make everything louder, instead they are designed to try to amplify the important things we want to hear (like a conversation with a friend) more than they amplify the things we don’t need to hear (such as ambient noise).
Will hearing aids help me?
Yes. In most cases hearing aids will be right for you. Then it depends on which hearing aid will suit you best. Because most people lose their hearing gradually over time, we usually take a gradual approach with the settings, otherwise it might feel like too much too soon -which can make you hesitant to stick with them.
Imagine you’ve been sitting in a dark room for 10 years and then you get to light a candle. At first the candle will seem as bright as the sun and you won’t be able to look at it. As your eyes adjust, you’ll soon need something brighter. The adjustment process is easy, in fact with the hearing aids we recommend, you can adjust them yourself.
I want to help someone who’s having problems with hearing
Is this something that they have addressed or is it something others have noticed?
Hearing loss can creep up on you slowly, often someone with hearing loss does not even notice the change in their hearing and they blame external factors (you speak too fast, you mumble, your accent is too strong). It can be hard to talk to someone about a problem that they are not aware that they have.
Address your concerns with them and the impact that their hearing loss is having. Try to encourage them to have a hearing test to investigate what’s going on.
That’s your number one priority…. get them to test their hearing!