Figuring out if someone close to you is experiencing hearing loss isn’t always easy – they might not even notice it’s happening. Even if you have noticed a deterioration in their hearing they may be reluctant to accept that they have hearing loss, which could be stressful for them.
They may feel frustrated by not being able to hear certain sounds or have conversations with those closest to them. This could also mean they try to avoid social situations. So what do you do next? Where do you get more information? Who can you go to for help?
The average time it takes for someone to seek treatment after they first notice they have hearing loss is seven years. When hearing loss goes untreated, one's hearing can deteriorate and affect different aspects of everyday life. If you suspect your friend or loved one has hearing loss, it's best for them to seek help early, as the earlier hearing loss is detected the easier it is for them to adapt to life with hearing aids.
It’s not always easy for people to accept that they have problems with their hearing. Stress and denial are common. The most important thing is that you make sure they know you’re only having the conversation with them because you care and you want to help. So here’s some ideas to help you when you need to have “the talk”.
The first step is to book a free hearing test at your local National Hearing Care clinic. When you arrive for your appointment, one of our trained staff members will take you to a quiet screening room where you'll be played a series of sounds through a set of headphones. All you have to do is press a button each time you hear a sound. Based on the outcome of your test, it will be determined if you have a hearing loss or not. If you do, you will be recommended to return for a comprehensive hearing test with an audiologist or audiometrist. For more information, watch our video on what to expect at your free hearing test.