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When is it time to seek help for hearing loss?

In general, the earlier you seek help for your hearing loss, the more effective your treatment will be. Therefore, we encourage you to reach out for help as soon as you notice early signs of hearing loss. Learn more below.


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6 signs you should seek help for your hearing loss

If you experience one or more of the signs below, it's a good idea to get your hearing checked.
Learn how to recognise signs that you should seek help.
Signs of hearing loss
 
1. Difficulty following conversations
You have difficulty following group conversations (or when background noise is present)
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2. Phone conversations are unclear
You have trouble following phone conversations in quiet and noisy places
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3. People seem to be mumbling
You often ask people to repeat themselves. Sounds seem unclear, or people sound like they are mumbling
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4. Difficulty locating sounds
You have difficulty locating where sounds are coming from
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5. Signs of tinnitus
You're experiencing ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears (called tinnitus)
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6. Turning up the TV too loud
Your friends and family say you turn the television up too loud
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Test yourself: Should I get a hearing test?

Answer the 4 questions below to see if you should consider getting a hearing test.

Question 1 – Around the table

Do you have trouble following conversations, when there are 4 or more people present?

Question 2 – Family and friends

Have you received advice from your family or friends to get your hearing tested?

Question 3 – Understand what others say

Do you ever struggle to understand what others are saying because you cannot hear properly?

Question 4 – TV or radio

Do you find yourself turning up the TV or radio even when the volume is loud enough for others?

Your Result:

A hearing test is relevant for you

Your answers indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. We strongly recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.



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Your Result:

A hearing test seems relevant for you

Your answers indicate that you experience some symptoms of hearing loss. We recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.



Book your free hearing test:

Your Result:

It cannot be determined here if a hearing test is relevant for you

Your answers do not indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. However, if you experience trouble hearing, we recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.




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Does hearing loss get worse if left untreated?

If any level of hearing loss is left untreated, the brain gradually loses its ability to process information (due to the lack of auditory stimulation).

This means that the longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it will be for your brain to make sense of sounds, and the longer it will take to get used to wearing hearing aids.

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6 benefits of using hearing aids

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1. Hear clearly in most situations and enjoy life more
2. Be able to participate in conversation again
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3. Avoid the stress and discomfort caused by hearing loss
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4. Avoid having to ask people to repeat themselves
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5. Hear phone conversations effortlessly
6. Listen to the TV at the same volume as other people around you
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Treating hearing loss with hearing aids

Most types of hearing loss are treated with hearing aids. For those with more severe hearing loss, there are other options available, such as a cochlear implant or a bone-anchored hearing system.  


Hearing aid technology has progressed significantly over the past two decades, improving the quality of hearing aids and delivering an exceptional customer experience.

 

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When to seek help immediately 

If you experience any of the following signs, you should seek medical attention immediately.

  • Sudden loss of hearing
  • "Stuffy” feeling in the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Loud popping sound in the ear followed by hearing loss

Call us immediately if you experience symptoms of sudden hearing loss.

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