We live in an increasingly noisy world today – horns blaring, loud music playing in the pub, never-ending construction in the neighbourhood… It’s no wonder that our hearing is taking a beating. Did you know that one in six people in the UK have some degree of hearing loss? Even more worrisome is the prediction (by Action on Hearing Loss) that by 2031, 14.5 million Britons will be hearing impaired. Yet, we continue to brush aside that slight ringing in the ears or the fact that we can’t hear as well as we could. Here’s why a regular hearing test is important for your overall wellbeing.
Importance of Hearing Tests
Hearing deterioration does not occur overnight. It’s a gradual process and depends upon the frequency and intensity of noise levels you are exposed to as you go about your daily life. It’s quite possible that you may not realise that your hearing is worsening, as the changes are subtle. You may also adjust to gradual hearing loss by speaking louder, turning up the volume of the TV or radio, or by asking people to repeat what they said. This is where a hearing test will help you in understanding the severity of your problem.
Technological advances have made it possible to now carry out a comprehensive hearing test using advanced audiometric procedures and state-of-the-art equipment. A hearing test usually includes a video otoscopy, which photographs your outer ear, eardrum and ear canal. The hearing test generates an audiogram, which is a graphic record of your hearing abilities at various sound frequencies. Looking at the audiogram, a trained audiologist can detect the reason(s) for your hearing issues. Sometimes it may just be a case of excessive wax build-up or a foreign object being lodged in your ear, which may be the cause of your hearing problems. Other conditions such as perforated eardrums, tinnitus and advanced hearing loss can all be detected by the hearing test.
When you walk into a Leightons Hearing Care branch, you will see why we are the best place to talk about hearing. Our friendly and fully qualified audiologists will put you at ease and help you through your free hearing test. Once you get the results, they will advise you on the way forward – whether you need hearing aids, what kind of hearing aids will best suit your requirement and lifestyle, and will also provide a free hearing aid demonstration. You can select from our wide range of digital hearing aids, from some of the best brands in the world. We also provide a thirty-day full money back guarantee on all our digital hearing aids, as well as warranties on hearing aids and their accessories. If you prefer, we can also carry out our professional hearing consultation at your home. So call us on 0800 40 20 20 or book your free hearing test online. Remember, hearing loss is a gradual process; it’s important to get your hearing tested on a regular basis so that any changes or deterioration can be addressed immediately.