Hearing loss is more common than you might think.Early hearing loss can be hard to recognise When hearing deteriorates slowly, many people find ways of minimising the effects, such as lipreading, avoiding social situations where there is a lot of background noise, and becoming good at using non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, body language and gestures.
The hearing loss may not be recognised because of these coping strategies, or because the loss has happened so gradually. In fact, other people often notice the hearing loss before the person who has it.
What can be done?
Sometimes hearing loss can be due to excessive wax or an ear infection, both of which can be easily treated. But if your hearing loss is more permanent, you may benefit from hearing aids or other listening devices.
Hearing aids have come a long way in the last ten years. They are smaller, more sophisticated, and can be adjusted to suit individual hearing losses better than in the past. Alternative listening devices such as telephone amplifiers can also help in certain circumstances. Most people can get great benefit from a well-fitted hearing aid and/ or listening device, and listening can become a pleasure again.
Help is at hand
People with a hearing loss can feel isolated and frustrated but the good news is that there is help at hand.