About Hearing Loss
Often misunderstood as a minor inconvenience, hearing loss can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life.
When left untreated, hearing loss can lead to a range of other issues that can make even the most straightforward of activities incredibly daunting.
Everyday Difficulties of Hearing Loss
When you are living with hearing loss, many everyday activities can be difficult, or even impossible. In fact, many things we take for granted can be cause of concern.
Some common difficulties of hearing loss include:
- Trouble hearing important sounds, such as alarms, telephones and doorbells
- Difficulty understanding speech on television, especially over loud background noise
- Trouble understanding cashiers,waiters, taxi drivers, etc.
- Difficulty following conversations and instructions in the workplace
Social Impacts of Hearing Loss
There are also various social consequences to hearing loss, which can be harder to understand and live with. For those experiencing hearing loss , many social situations can be stressful and isolating.
Common social impacts of hearing loss include:
- Confusion and misunderstanding during conversation with others
- Trouble hearing in noisy environments, such as parties and restaurants
- Difficulty understanding someone talking on the telephone
- Being unaware that someone is talking
- Declining social invitations to avoid challenging situations
Recognising Hearing Loss in Family and Friends
Unfortunately, sometimes the person experiencing hearing loss can be the last one to know. Often loved ones have had to raise their voices for months, or even years.
If you suspect a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss, some of the common signs include:
- Difficulty hearing, especially in places with noisy backgrounds, such as restaurants
- They have difficulty understanding you on the telephone and constantly ask you to speak up
- The television or radio volume is constantly up high
To learn more about hearing loss, or to book a hearing test contact Connect Hearing today to speak to a qualified hearing specialist, or call 1300 362 231.