One of the important issues in getting treatment for hearing loss is to first recognise when you start to suffer from the problem.
That's why the Action on Hearing Loss charity has launched a campaign to find new volunteers to help on their London team who will work to raise awareness of hearing loss and tinnitus across the capital.
Among the duties carried out by the charity's volunteers, are setting up information stands in local communities or giving talks to groups, social clubs and places of worship.
It's all intended to encourage residents to remember they need to look after their hearing, including protecting it, getting it checked and also providing information on equipment and local services.
The team also works to help support people who use digital hearing aids, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have tinnitus.
Most of all though, it's about raising awareness of the condition because, as with most health problems, the sooner it is spotted, the quicker it can be remedied.
Action on Hearing Loss’s regional volunteer manager, Lucy Johnson, said volunteers had the chance to take on an opportunity which could change not only their lives but other people's too.
"We’re looking for enthusiastic people to come forward and use their time, skills and talent to raise vital awareness about hearing loss and tinnitus," she said.
"The volunteers will not only have the chance to make a positive impact in the everyday lives of people who are deaf or hard of hearing or have tinnitus, but can also make new friends and enjoy some new, fun and rewarding experiences!"
If you do suspect you may be losing your hearing then it's better to be safe than sorry, as the old adage goes.
Even with the slightest problem, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and speak to us about it. We'd be only too happy to take a look for you.
A full hearing test with Leightons will take approximately 60-90 minutes. It involves a thorough lifestyle consultation, a discussion regarding the health of your hearing, and an examination of your hearing, using advanced audiometric procedures and video otoscopy.
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