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Questions about Your Hearing Loss
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How can I know if I have a hearing loss?

One of the ironies of a hearing loss is that the person with the hearing loss is often the last person to realise it! This is partly because the onset of hearing loss is usually (though not always)  a gradual process that takes place over a number of years.
The following self-check test will help you to determine if you should get your hearing tested:

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Do you have difficulty understanding conversation in a busy restaurant or supermarket?

Do people tell you that you have turned the TV or radio up too loud?

Do you find it difficult to have conversations on the telephone?

Do your family or friends complain that you are not hearing them clearly?

Do you sometimes miss the sound of your doorbell or telephone ringing?

Do you often have to ask people to repeat what they have said?

Do you avoid going to social events where it is more difficult to follow conversations?

Do you sometimes feel that people are mumbling and not speaking clearly?

Do you find it difficult to understand the voices of females and children?

Do you have problems following conversations at a meeting?

If you answered yes to more than three of these questions, we recommend that you get your hearing checked by an audiologist!

Can hearing loss be treated medically or surgically?

Approximately 5% to 10% of adult hearing difficulties can be treated by medical or surgical intervention. Our qualified audiologists will inform you if your hearing loss requires medical or surgical intervention. For most people with hearing loss, the fitting of hearing aids is the primary solution to better hearing and communication.

Questions about Hearing Aids
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How might hearing aids actually improve my hearing ability?

After you are fitted hearing aids, you will hear some sounds you have not heard in a long time and other sounds will be clearer and louder. At first, background noise may seem louder and distracting. The sound of your own voice may also seem louder.

For most people, it can take several weeks or months to become adjusted to listening with hearing aids. This adjustment may take longer if you have had a hearing loss for some time before seeking treatment. Your audiologist will provide you with information and support on how to get the most from your hearing aids. DeafHear’s Hearing Care and Support programmes also support people in managing their hearing loss and their hearing aids. To learn more about our Hearing Care and Support services click here

Which hearing aid technology and style is best suited to my hearing loss?

There are many factors to consider in determining the hearing aid style best suited to your needs. These include your own preferences, the level of your hearing loss and your lifestyle. Your audiologist will discuss all of these issues with you before recommending a particular type of hearing aid for you.

For more information on different types of hearing aids click here

How long will it take me to adjust to my new hearing aids?

This can vary from person to person and it can depend on a number of factors. These factors may include the level of hearing loss, a person’s personality and perseverance, or the length of time the person has had a hearing loss before seeking treatment. People who are fitted with hearing aids earlier tend to adjust more easily.

Your audiologist will continue to support you with adjusting to your hearing aids, and you can get further support through DeafHear’s Hearing Care and Support services click here

If you are having difficulty, seek support and try to be patient. Over a period of time it is very likely that you will begin to adjust and get used to your hearing aids. Overall, over 90% of people fitted with hearing aids report significant benefits to their quality of life.