announced that it would be offering free hearing tests, along with other general points to consider.

According to the company: “One of the leading causes of hearing loss is age, but it can also be caused by repeated exposure to loud noises and music. Other causes include a genetic predisposition, inner ear infections, head injuries, and it is often a symptom of many other illnesses.”

What are the signs of hearing loss that you should look out for? 

One of the first signs that the delicate hair cells that convert sounds into electrical signals for the brain have been damaged, according to the organization, includes difficulty in detecting soft- or high-pitched sounds. Soft sounds include those that are heard in the background in restaurants and include phone conversations. An example of high-pitched sounds is children’s’ voices. 

Also, look out for the following signs: 
• If you have difficulty hearing other people or often find that you have misunderstood them,
• You find that you are turning up the volume of your TV, radio, or music even if everyone else complains that it’s too loud,
• You often don’t hear your telephone or doorbell ringing,
• If you can’t tell which direction sounds are coming from,
• You are constantly stressed and tired from trying to listen to others or the TV,
• If you have constant ringing, buzzing, or whistling sounds in your ears (tinnitus is often likened to hearing loss).

Not only does hearing loss affect the quality of life of both children, young adults, and the elderly, but can also impact their health. The potential impact of hearing loss includes headaches, increased stress, muscle tension, and increased blood pressure. Studies have also linked untreated hearing loss in adults to impaired memory, social withdrawal, and depression. 

In the most recent research conducted by the University of Exeter and King’s College, it was concluded that older people who wear a hearing aid maintain better brain function over time than those who don’t. 

When should you get tested for hearing loss? 

Most people last had their hearing screened when they were in school. However, every adult should have their hearing tested every 10 years until the age of 50, and more regularly after that. 

If you pass an initial hearing screening, then it means you don’t have hearing loss. If you fail it, then you will need to see an audiologist for a better evaluation. 

Depending on the cause of your hearing loss, your audiologist will decide on its treatment. 

If your hearing loss is caused by earwax build-up, then the earwax will be removed with the aid of eardrops, suction, or a syringe. Antibiotics will be prescribed if the hearing loss is caused by a bacterial infection. 

How to organize a free hearing test? 
At Audiologist Hearing Aid Specialists, you can have a free hearing assessment with no obligations. Book an appointment with a local private audiologist from the network, anywhere in the UK. 

During the assessment, a full range of hearing tests will be run. If you are ready to choose a hearing aid, the audiologist will help you choose the right one for your hearing needs and budget.

Source: Audiologist Hearing Aid Specialists