RECOGNISING HEARING LOSS
The first step towards improving the vibrancy of sound for you is to recognise a hearing loss in either yourself or someone close to you.
Since hearing loss can develop over several years, it can often be difficult to recognise the extent of our hearing loss until family and friends bring it to our attention. This is not an uncommon occurrence and it’s often a natural reaction to deny any hearing difficulty.
But the sooner you recognise the symptoms the better your quality of life can be.
- Difficulty hearing in group settings or at public gatherings
- Effort understanding conversations on the telephone
- Trouble hearing high-pitched sounds, such as the voices of women and children
With approximately 1 in 6 Australians experiencing some level of hearing loss it can help to know you are not alone. If you’ve ever found yourself doing the following, you could potentially be experiencing mild hearing loss.
- Turning up the volume on the TV to a level that family and friends mention it is too loud
- Regularly asking people to repeat themselves or to speak more loudly
- Avoiding social situations such as restaurants or parties, where noise can make it difficult to hear
- Turning your head to one side while listening
- It seems like everyone is mumbling or not talking clearly.
While these habits can be effective coping mechanisms, as the hearing loss progresses the above techniques will no longer allow you to experience a range of sounds.