If you’ve always had good hearing, it might be difficult to imagine just how big a part it plays in your life. In fact, hearing damage can affect many aspects of your life, which is why it’s important to keep your hearing in check.
While hearing loss is incredibly common, affecting 42% of over 50s and 70% of over 70s*, it can be hard to spot any changes in your hearing, since it can happen very slowly. Without realising, those with hearing loss might find themselves declining invitations to social events and slowly losing interest in doing the activities they love.
If you’ve ever had to keep asking someone to repeat themselves, you’ll understand why some people might think it’s easier to just withdraw from the conversation entirely and simply nod along.
No one wants to feel like they’re annoying their family or friends, but withdrawing ourselves in this manner can make us feel lonely and isolated.
And dinner parties, weddings, birthdays, christenings and holidays are all much better when you can really join in with what everyone else is saying – whether it’s gossiping about what cousin Sally got up to this summer or debating about who makes the best roast potatoes over Christmas dinner.
That’s one of the reasons our hearing is so important, is that it connects us to others and gives us a sense of happiness and wellbeing. But how can you work out whether your hearing is good, bad or somewhere in between? The first option is to book a free hearing test at your nearest THCP practice but a good second is to take our FREE online hearing test here.
Hearing damage or loss can also affect our lives at work, making it harder to have telephone conversations, hear colleagues over busy background noise and even to understand tasks correctly.
Getting a hearing aid could really help you in the office, and with plenty of options including custom-fit invisible hearing aids, your colleagues never need to know!
Damage to our hearing can also affect our balance, increasing our chances of falling – which can make things like playing sports or practicing yoga all the more challenging. As we get older, a simple fall could really set us back, so it’s important to do everything we can to keep our balance healthy.
We have a whole range of different hearing aids adapted to a variety of activities, so if you think your favourite activity could be impaired by your hearing, book a free hearing test online with us at THCP today. We’ll give you all the support and tools you need to ensure you stay at the top of your game.