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 Earlier The Treatment, The Better
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.
So convince your family member or friend to take a hearing test or book an appointment as soon as they can. And then they will be on their way to a life of healthy hearing.