For most people, hearing begins to deteriorate from the mid-thirties and it usually declines slowly over time meaning it can be hard to detect. The small, sensitive hair-like cells within the inner ear simply get worn out over the years.
When this happens you don’t simply go deaf, but it becomes more and more difficult to understand sounds clearly, particularly speech. Social environments such as a cafe or restaurant can be even more challenging as the background noises make it harder to hear.
Modern digital hearing aids are designed to identify and amplify speech sounds while suppressing background noise so with the right advice, practise and prescription most people find they can hear well again in most if not all situations. And as modern hearing aids work with our residual hearing, the sooner you take action the better the results will be.
If you are concerned about your hearing, book a test online with one of our qualified audiology professionals.