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    How Using Hearing Aids Can Help Day to Day Activities

    If someone suffers from hearing loss it can often be seen as a bit of a joke by their friends and family, but the truth of the matter is that it can be a debilitating condition with wide-reaching implications for a person’s wellbeing and happiness. At Help in Hearing we are passionate about reintroducing people to the sounds of the world through our excellent hearing aids, but how exactly can they help with the mundane, day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted?

    Going Out

    Suffering from hearing loss can dramatically effect a person’s confidence when participating in social situations – even something as simple as a trip to the shops – but it can even have an impact on any journey out of the house.

    One major consequence of hearing impairment is the risk that comes with it when crossing roads, as of course hearing makes up a major part of identifying when it is safe, but a hearing aid can remove this danger.

    Watching the TV

    Many people all over the UK enjoy watching the television, but hearing impairment can gradually remove this pleasure from our lives. With one of our effective and discreet hearing aids you can once again enjoy your favourite TV programme, radio broadcast or music like you did before your hearing loss.

    Enjoying a Conversation with a Loved One

    The reason hearing impairment can be so distressing is that it gradually strips away even the most basic elements of life, and the ability to engage in a conversation with friends and family is probably the most painful loss of all.

    Serious hearing loss can make even the most mundane of conversations a frustrating challenge, as your loved one struggles to make him or herself understood. One of our hearing aids can help to alleviate your hearing impairment to enough of a degree that allows you to once again enjoy talking with your loved ones.

    The importance of an experienced audiologist

    An experienced, independent audiologist will be able to talk all these things through with you before you are fitted for a hearing aid, to make sure that the aid is fitted correctly and successfully. An independent audiologist will also provide a full aftercare service to make sure that you are getting everything you need from your hearing aid.

    So if you or one of your family members is suffering from a hearing impairment that is affecting their day-to-day life, get in touch with the friendly and professional team here at Help in Hearing to discover how we can help. We have a hearing clinic in Farnham Common and a hearing clinic in Marlow where we can give you a completely confidential consultation or hearing test.

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    National Campaign for Regular Hearing Tests

    We are championing a national campaign calling for regular hearing tests to be provided alongside dental and eye tests. This campaign is instigated by Audira, a think tank shaping the future of hearing care and challenges the medical norm of “reactive hearing care”, ie waiting for a problem to occur before addressing it. The campaign lobbies for a preventative approach of regular tests and care. Read the “4 Questions to ask about hearing” leaflet, developed in support of the campaign.

    Hearing tests - national campaign

    Help in Hearing is an early adopter of this approach and promotes the “Eyes Checked, Teeth Checked, Hearing Checked” campaign. We provide hearing tests in support of the Audira promotion.

    Hearing tests – as important as regular eye and dental checks

    It’s only in the last few years that it’s become generally accepted in the UK that hearing care is as important as looking after our eyes and teeth. We all grow up knowing that our eyesight and teeth will last longer if checked regularly and that our quality of life improves dramatically if we look after them. We need to take the same preventative measures for our hearing.

    People wait 4 years before visiting an audiologist

    In a recent research study by RDSi, 360 hearing aid users were surveyed and it was found that people experiencing hearing difficulties waited on average 4 years before they visited an audiologist, causing further damage to their hearing. The wait is accredited to 2 main reasons outlined in additional research from Action on Hearing:

    • Stigma related with wearing hearing aids which stops people admitting they have a hearing problem
    • A lack of understanding that prompt action will alleviate hearing issues

    When someone wears glasses, it’s socially acceptable. Wearing braces for teeth correction is socially acceptable. But wearing a hearing aid carries a stigma that makes it feel unacceptable. Today totally invisible hearing aids can help people with hearing problems avoid this negative social perception. We have to combat this in the UK and we can only achieve that by making hearing tests a standard check-up along with eye and teeth check-ups.

    Read the Action on Hearing (formerly RNID) report here.

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  • Is your relationship struggling because of hearing difficulties?

    Hearing loss can be hard on relationships.

    Hearing loss can be exhausting and frustrating. It can mean misunderstanding words or saying the wrong thing.

    People with hearing loss may give up struggling to listen, and their spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends may stop talking to them or may get irritated because they have to repeat themselves all the time. A survey by the National Council On Aging (NCOA) on hearing loss found that almost one in two people said that relationships with their partner, friends or family had suffered because they couldn’t hear properly and a third had lost touch with friends or seen their marriages fall apart as a result of the breakdown in communication caused by hearing loss.

    Untreated hearing loss can cause isolation and depression. It can also hurt the emotional and physical health of the spouse. In some cases, it can even lead to divorce. Sex life can also be affected.

    The NCOA also found that when people used hearing aids, many saw improvements in their quality of life. Family relationships improved for 66 per cent of users, mental health improved for 36 per cent, 34 per cent said they had greater independence and a better social life, and 8 per cent of them said that wearing a hearing aid had improved their sex life too.

    If you think you’re only suffering from a “slight” hearing loss now, it might not seem like such a big deal, but treatment is often more beneficial when started early. In the past, hearing aids were clunky, but now they’re smaller, more discrete and available in a range of styles and colours so you can personalise them to suit your own taste.

    Find out about the various types of hearing aids available on the market and if you’d like a free hearing test, please contact us to book an appointment at our Farnham Common or Marlow hearing clinics.