Notice that you have to turn up the volume on your television to near-max levels? Can’t quite follow a conversation when in a crowded room? Chances are that you’re hearing is going downhill. Don’t panic just yet – it’s perfectly normal to experience this as you get older and there are many ways to tackle the issue.
Go to Your GP!
If you have the slightest suspicion that your hearing is going south, then it’s time to go to the doctor. You can get a 100% free test from the NHS if you live in the UK, so there’s no reason not to do it.
Yes, the doctor isn’t necessarily the best experience – we all get a little bit nervous in that office and we’re always worried about getting a diagnosis we’d rather go without. However, the ‘head in the sand’ tactic isn’t going to help you in the long run and you know it.
Be Assertive and Take Positive Action
Just because you’re losing you’re hearing doesn’t mean you should stand still and take the consequences without putting up a fight. Chances are you will be able to hear just as you did in your younger years (well, at least close to it!) – all you need is a little external help.
Personal hearing aids have come quite a long way in the past couple of decades. They are no longer cumbersome and unsightly, but will often be almost undetectable. Not only that, the technology behind the entire system has improved to an extent that it can have many people regain almost normal levels of hearing.
That’s why it’s so important to keep a positive perspective and take action straight away. Go see your GP and consider your options carefully. In all likelihood, there’s something that can be done right from Day 1.
However, Be Realistic
While in the last section we have summarised just how effective modern technology is, it’s almost important to go in with realistic expectations. If you do this, you’ll be happy with the available technology rather than be upset with your condition.
First of all, you will need some form of a device that won’t be as comfortable as going without. This may seem obvious, but even with the light and comfortable materials being used today they still take some time to get used to.
Secondly, technology is not all it’s cracked up to be in the sense that perfect hearing won’t be restored. There is no miracle cure out there nor is it possible to get the exact same level of hearing as you had when you were 17.
However, a significant difference can definitely be made. It can make conversations light up again, you’ll be able to talk to people even when there’s background noise – in short, you’ll feel just a tad closer to what you once were. And that can’t be a bad thing.
If you’re reading this knowing that you fall into this category, what are you waiting for? Book your hearing test with the NHS through your GP as soon as possible.