Recognising Hearing Loss

Noticing their hearing loss

The awkward moment you notice they can’t hear you

It can be a challenge when someone close to you is experiencing hearing difficulties. It is not easy to find the right time to start a conversation about hearing loss. Reactions can be mixed, because hearing loss can be a gradual process. Denial and reluctance are common.

If you think a friend or family member might be experiencing hearing loss, you are doing the right thing by educating yourself. Read on and you’ll find out what you can do to encourage and support your loved one.

The importance of hearing checks

While it’s important to get as much information as possible, a free hearing test is the only way to determine if a hearing loss is present.

We recommend that everyone over the age of 50 have an annual hearing check. It takes less than 30 minutes and it can be conducted at any one of our clinics. It’s the only way to get solid proof of the existence of hearing loss.

Download our Conversation Guide to find out how you can encourage your friend or loved one to come along to a free hearing test.


Hearing Loss Conversation Guide

It can be difficult to communicate with a loved one about their hearing troubles. Hearing loss affects individuals in a wide variety of ways. Often, it occurs gradually, so your loved one might not even realise their hearing is getting worse. Bringing up hearing loss can heighten emotions. Use our free conversation guide to prepare yourself and make sure that you're able to get help for your loved one.

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