If you live with someone who suffers from poor hearing, then you are suffering too.
Do you find yourself having to repeat a lot of things you say?
Is your TV turned up too loud?
Are you having to relay conversations in noisy situations, just to keep your partner in the conversation?
You are suffering from hearing loss, just not ‘your own’ hearing loss.
How many times have you suggested that your partner or loved one should go and have their hearing checked?
Is their answer that ‘they can hear fine’, if only people would speak properly.
In most cases hearing loss creeps up gradually over many years, the person might not be aware of it and start blaming everyone else for mumbling, or notice that they have difficulties following conversations in a noisy environment. The hearing loss develops very slowly and over time the impaired hearing becomes ‘normal’. It usually takes several years before anybody goes to do anything about it, this can mean a lot of frustration to those surrounding them.
Instinctively we help them without even thinking about it. We repeat things they can’t hear, we point out things they miss and help them cover up the problem.
It is a very human thing to try help, but ask yourself, is it the right thing to do? Are you helping their denial of the problem when they really should be fully aware of it? This is particularly important when one considers the health risks associated with untreated hearing loss,(see earlier news items)
It might be a god idea to let them know when you are helping, point out that ‘again’ you have had to repeat something, raise their awareness of how often you have to help them or make notes of the times they have difficulty. Don’t get annoyed, it is perfectly reasonable to feel frustrated but remember, it is not their fault.
Hopefully they will see that they need to seek help. Contact your local independent Hearing Centre and book a hearing test. Be sure to accompany them, most reputable dispensers prefer to have a ‘familiar voice’ present during testing. In most centres your initial consultation is free and your hearing Professional will explain the hearing loss and why some things are heard while others are not. Then you can think about the results or suggested actions (such as Hearing aids).
In some cases, we will advise that hearing aids are not necessary yet.
You can contact your local independent hearing Professional, they will provide you with free advice on what to do.
With all of the developments in hearing technology, nobody should feel ‘left out’.