1 in 6 people in Australia are experiencing some type of hearing loss which means there’s a good chance that someone you know is struggling with their hearing. There are a few telltale signs to keep an eye out for:
Do they increasingly complain about people mumbling?
Do they have the TV volume turned up too loud?
Do they seem to have difficulty understanding people on the phone?
Do they frequently ask you to repeat yourself?
Do they seem to avoid places where they may have difficulty hearing?
Have other people commented on their possible hearing loss?
Do they seem to have difficulty following conversations or tend to withdraw in a group, or in a loud cafe or restaurant?
Do they mishear what other people say?
If any of the above applies to someone you know, they may benefit from a hearing test and advice from a qualified audiology professional.
How do I tell them about their hearing loss?
Because age-related hearing loss develops slowly over a number of years, many people don’t notice when it happens to them. If you suspect that a friend or relative is struggling with their hearing then talk to them.
Hearing loss is surprisingly common and is a normal part of ageing. It can also be caused by exposure to excessive noise over a prolonged period. Thankfully, it’s also something that is easily resolved.
We have plenty of information on our website to help banish any myths or concerns. You can always direct your friend or relative to the Frequently Asked Questions on our website for more information.
Modern advancements in digital hearing aid technology mean that today’s hearing aids can vastly improve hearing and quality of life. A 15 minute hearing check at Specsavers is free, quick, easy, and totally non-invasive*. Our qualified audiology professionals can help your friend or family member decide on a hearing aid that’s right for their specific situation.
What can I do to help them?
Always make sure you’re facing the person you’re talking to in a well-lit environment, as lots of people begin lip-reading without even knowing it.
Try to establish some order in group conversations – instead of talking over one another, take turns to speak.
It’s helpful to rephrase sentences rather than repeat them – the person you’re talking to may have difficulty understanding some words and not others.
In noisy, busy settings when having a conversation with someone who’s hard of hearing, be aware of your surroundings and adapt your speech accordingly.
*This is a 15 minute appointment. If further testing is required in a longer appointment, a fee will be incurred. Hearing Services Program approved customers receive all appointments at no charge to them.