5 Signs You Might Need a Hearing Aid

Hearing loss is very common. According to statistics from the World Health Organization, more than 1.5 billion people (nearly 20% of the global population) live with some type of hearing loss. Recognising the signs of hearing loss is the first step toward better hearing health.

Here are five signs that you might benefit from a hearing aid.

1. You Struggle in Background Noise

But seem to manage okay one to one 

Background noise is a major pain for those socialising with hearing loss. If you find it difficult to follow conversations in noisy environments such as restaurants, pubs, parties, matches or the golf course, it is an indication of a hearing issue. Hearing aids help filter out background noise, allowing you to focus on the conversation at hand.

2. You Often Ask People to Repeat Themselves

If you find yourself asking friends, family, or coworkers to say everything twice, it’s a sign that you have a hearing loss. This can happen in a variety of situations, from one-on-one conversations to crowded environments.

3. You Turn Up the Volume on Devices

Have you noticed that you’re always turning up the volume on the TV, radio, or on your smartphone? If other people are complaining that your devices are too loud, it might be time to consider a hearing test. Increasing the volume that you regularly listen at can be a coping mechanism for hearing loss.

4. You Have Trouble Hearing High-Pitched Sounds

High-pitched sounds, like a doorbell, the beeping of a microwave, or children’s voices, are often the first sounds to be difficult to hear when it comes to age-related hearing loss. If these sounds are becoming harder to hear or even totally absent, a hearing aid could help to restore your hearing range.

5. You Feel Drained After Social Interactions

Hearing loss makes social interactions exhausting. When you’re constantly straining to hear and understand others, it can lead to fatigue (or brain drain) and even withdrawal from social activities. If you find yourself feeling unusually tired or avoiding social situations for this reason, a hearing aid will improve your quality of life.

Next Steps: What to Do If You Notice These Signs

If any of these signs sound familiar, act sooner rather than later. Book a hearing test with one of our Clinical Audiologists at Walker Hearing Clinic. We will assess your hearing with thorough testing and determine whether a hearing aid is right for you. 

You might even need a different intervention such as ear wax removal or onward referral to ENT. A hearing aid might not be the next step for you and unlike high street providers and shops pushing free hearing tests and hearing aids, we will be honest with you about what kind of help you need. 

Early intervention makes a significant difference, improving your communication and relationships, and helping to prevent further deterioration.

By paying attention to these signs and seeking professional advice, you can ensure that hearing loss doesn’t hold you back from enjoying life.

At Walker Hearing Clinic, we offer hearing assessments and a wide range of hearing aids to suit different needs and lifestyles. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the first step toward better hearing.


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