If you have been told that you have hearing loss, or if you have noticed symptoms such as finding it hard to understand what people are saying, then you should seek help.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to do this and our senior audiologist Sandra Rodrigues offers her guidance on what to do.
1 The first step is to be honest about your difficulties, especially the impact on your day-to-day activities. The key to getting the right help is acceptance. If you do not accept that you have a problem, you are not going to get a good solution.
2 The next step is to book an appointment with an audiologist when you feel ready for it. Make sure the professional is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council or Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.
3 Thirdly, make sure you bring accurate information to the appointment. Sometimes it seems that we audiologists ask a lot of questions, but to give you the best care we need to know about your habits and lifestyle, as well as any previous clinical condition.
4 Finally, stay in control. The audiologist will guide you and explain the various options regarding your hearing loss, but you must be in control and you must make your informed decision.
The best solution
“At Hearbase we respect your needs and your time and we answer all your questions to the best of our knowledge, “ says Sandra.
“As an Independent company, we provide hearing aids from different brands and keep in touch with the different manufacturers to give you the best option for your needs.”
Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe, or profound. It can affect one ear or both ears and leads to difficulty in hearing conversational speech or loud sounds.
According to the World Health Organisation more than 5% of the world’s population – or 430 million people, including 34 million children – need help to solve their hearing loss.
It is estimated that by 2050 more than 700 million people – or one in every 10 – will have hearing loss which affects their day-to-day life.Hearing loss increases with age, with more than 25% of those over 60 affected.