At Connect Hearing we are fully aware of how hard it can be for you to recognise and come to terms with your hearing loss. Whether you are trying to diagnose your concern or just gain more information about hearing loss, contact us and we can help. Unlike an obvious injury, hearing loss can be quite difficult for someone who suffers it to recognise. This is because of the nature of the onset of hearing loss, it is very rarely of sudden onset. Hearing loss more often develops gradually over many years in a slow and almost insidious manner. Quite often the very last person to realise that there is a problem is the person suffering with hearing loss. Because of this slow process and the slow change in your terms of reference. It can be many years before you realise that you have a hearing loss.
Hearing loss is not like loss of vision, when you have problems with your sight, you know it immediately. However when you cannot hear a sound, it just simply no longer exists for you. Hearing loss is often more apparent for the people around the person suffering. Many people suffer from hearing loss, not just the people whose hearing is diminished. Hearing loss affects friends, family, co-workers, business associates, and everyone a person with a hearing problem comes into contact with. In addition, many recent studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, mental, psychological and even economic disadvantages.
There are seven clear signs that someone may be suffering with hearing loss. We will detail them here and explain the background to the causes of them later. If you are displaying one or more signs detailed here, you should consider getting your hearing tested or take our online hearing test
Because of the nature of most hearing loss the most difficult sounds to hear are the very soft consonants in speech. These are soft but important sounds in words, because they give words meaning. These sounds are of high importance in speech but they tend not to have a great deal of power. These sounds are even more difficult to hear when there is any level of background noise, which increases the problems for people with hearing loss.
Because it is difficult to understand some speech sounds, quite often someone with hearing loss may repeatedly ask someone to repeat themselves. The issue is a clarity problem usually, not necessarily a volume problem.
A person with hearing loss uses concentration as one of their coping mechanisms. Because “instruction” involves the passing of important information from the giver to the receiver, it requires an even greater level of concentration for the listener. The hearing loss becomes more obvious when the person cannot achieve the needed level of concentration . It takes even more effort to understand and remember the information that is being passed on to them.
This is an established and much studied implication and symptom of hearing loss. Eventually social situations become too tiring, frustrating and stressful. So people with hearing loss simply withdraw from them; it is simply much easier not to go. This can be devastating and studies have shown that it can lead to depression.
Traditionally this is one of the first and biggest signs of hearing loss, and it is also one of the biggest causes of arguments. It can in fact put a real strain on relationships. The reason for the issue is essentially the same as the problems for hearing in noise. Soft consonants can be very difficult for a person with hearing loss. This is often compounded by accents that a person is unfamiliar with.
Without visual cues, understanding voices on the telephone can be very problematic. Sometimes a volume control on the telephone will help, but again most often the issue is not of volume but clarity. Because specific sounds of speech may be missing for the listener, the words are difficult to understand. This is particularly true while trying to understand digits, such as a phone number that is being recorded.
This is a combination of general volume of the voice and missing of the soft consonants in speech. Both cause real difficulties in this type of situation. Because the speaker is not visible and the listener is not able to Difficulty following group conversations Again mostly the issue here is with those consonants, it can be especially hard for a person with hearing loss to hear them. Particularly when people are talking across each other as happens in the best conversations. Further compounded by laughter as we all know happens in the best conversations.
We know hearing loss can greatly impact the quality of a person’s life, many recent studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, mental, psychological and even economic disadvantages. Hearing loss has also been linked to other medical problems such as diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and neuro degenerative diseases like dementia. If hearing loss is left untreated, it can leave you feeling isolated or withdrawn to a level where you may avoid social situations and contact. This can often lead to tension with your loved ones, which can further increase your feeling of isolation and may re-enforce the withdrawal from social activities. If any of the seven signs of hearing loss are a common occurrence for you, then it is time to consider seeking some help.
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Connect Hearing have reconnected me to my surroundings. Being part of the crowd is now wonderful. Here to fore I was on the side-line trying to keep up with the conversation and desperately trying to make those around me know I was interested in what they were saying. The after care and service is first class, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Connect Hearing as ‘THE PLACE’ to go and get your hearing checked
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