Hello Everyone. Today’s article is a guest post from Debbie Fletcher.
Around 10 million people living in Britain suffer from some form of hearing impairment, ranging from mild symptoms to total loss of hearing. Left untreated – which sadly is often the case – it can cause significant problems, not least to our psychological well-being, as it affects the way we interact with other people in every environment.
Why Don’t People Deal With Hearing Problems?
There may be many reasons – embarrassment; not wanting to make a fuss; worries about the cost of an operation, or just hoping it will go away with time. The irony, of course, is that in the vast majority of cases, successful treatment is possible, as many types of hearing loss are temporary or reversible, and the treatment itself is easy, painless and inexpensive. It could be as simple as a buildup of ear wax. It just requires sufferers of hearing loss to admit, or discover first of all, that they have a problem, and then make the decision to get it fixed.
This underlines the importance of having regular hearing tests throughout your life, and taking them more frequently as you get older (70% of elderly people in Britain have some form of hearing loss). This is unequivocally the surest way to ensure you receive the right level of treatment and support.
How Do Tests Work?
Hearing, or audiometric tests, can be conducted either through the NHS, or private Hearing Healthcare companies such as Hidden Hearing, many of which will also fit hearing aids. The aim is to establish a person’s ability to transmit sound from the ear to the brain. They range from a very simple set of tests to more complex procedures if there is an unusual problem.
The person conducting the test will likely begin with an instrument that has a light at the end of it – this is to check inside the ear for common causes of hearing problems such as infections of the ear canal, foreign objects and perforated or collapsed eardrums. As well as causing auditory difficulties, this kind of situation can also be very painful, so getting a hearing test quickly can stave off a lot of unnecessary pain and stress.
If necessary they may then refer the patient to a specialist such as an Ear, Nose and Throat centre, where other tests including pure tone audiometry might be carried out. What’s uniformly characteristic about all hearing tests though is that they are quick, painless and with Hidden Hearing, they are free.
In some cases the process is made even easier, as a test can often be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
Don’t Delay – Book An Appointment
Getting your problem diagnosed and treated shouldn’t be considered embarrassing, given how many people will experience problems with their hearing at some point in their lives. And the benefits of being able to hear properly at all times – at work; in the cinema; on a walk in the country; in busy restaurants and during sporting activities, can never be over-estimated. Having your hearing checked regularly by a qualified professional can save you from pain and social awkwardness, so if you’re having issues, book an appointment today!
Debbie Fletcher is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications. Follow her here: @Debbie_Fletch18