5 ways to get clearer hearing at home
Do you feel your hearing has deteriorated but you’re not sure what to do or who to talk to about it?
Do you struggle to hear your friends and loved ones when they’re talking?
Struggling to hear in louder environments?
You’re not alone.
There are approximately 11 million people in the UK who are experiencing some form of hearing loss, with the figures expected to rise to 15.6 million people by 2035.
An untreated hearing loss can have serious implications on your health and wellbeing, particularly if you suffer from a more severe hearing loss.
- Those with an untreated hearing loss are more likely to report anxiety, emotional turmoil and insecurity.
- Research suggests that those with untreated hearing loss are at an increased risk of dementia, heart disease, diabetes and stoke.
- Those with a treated hearing loss report having better relationships with families and an improved level of independence and security.
But what can you do within your own home to make sure you can manage your hearing loss? Here are some of the top tips for clear communication around the home.
1) Acknowledge you have a problem.
Did you know that it takes an average of 10 years for someone to admit their hearing has deteriorated?
This can be the step that takes the most time, especially if you have a very gradual hearing loss that develops over time. However, being able to acknowledge you have a problem with your hearing is the first step towards getting the help you need.
2) Ask people to face you when they’re talking.
Not only will facing the person you’re speaking to make it easier to hear what they are saying, you’ll also be able to pick up on other communication factors.
Body language and facial expression are both examples of very important non-verbal communication. Being able to hear and see the person you’re talking to clearly can make communication significantly easier.
3) Sit in a quieter environment to catch every word.
Sometimes, if you’re in a busy environment such as a pub or a noisy restaurant, background noise can be difficult to get away from. However, loud background noise can make it even harder to hear the person you want to listen to, especially if you have a hearing loss.
By finding a quieter spot, you’ll increase your chances of being able to hear the person you’re talking to and be able to communicate with them fully and effectively.
4) Ask others for help when you can.
If you are finding it difficult to hear someone or feel overwhelmed in a particularly noisy environment, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
By asking someone to move to a quieter spot, face you or speak more clearly, you’ll be able to have a fuller conversation.
5) Get a hearing test at home.
Did you know that you can take a hearing test in the comfort of your own home with a qualified and registered Hearing Aid Dispenser?
The hearing test carried out will help determine whether you have a hearing loss and if you would benefit from using an assistive listening device, such as a hearing aid.
The Hearing Aid Dispenser will go through the recommended options they have for you so you can make a fully informed decision about gaining clearer hearing.
Need more information or feel you’re ready to take a hearing test? Why not book your free appointment today to see if you could benefit from clearer hearing!