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When is it time to seek help for hearing loss?

In general, the earlier you seek help for your hearing loss, the more effective your treatment will be. Therefore, we encourage you to reach out for help as soon as you notice early signs of hearing loss. Learn more below.


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6 signs you should seek help for your hearing loss

If you experience one or more of the signs below, it's a good idea to get your hearing checked.
Learn how to recognize signs that you should seek help.
Signs of hearing loss
 
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1. Difficulty following conversations
You have difficulty following group conversations (or when background noise is present)
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2. Phone conversations are unclear
You have trouble following phone conversations in quiet and noisy places
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3. People seem to be mumbling
You often ask people to repeat themselves. Sounds seem unclear, or people sound like they are mumbling
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4. Difficulty locating sounds
You have difficulty locating where sounds are coming from
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5. Signs of tinnitus
You experience ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears (called tinnitus)
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6. Turning up the TV too loud
Your friends and family say you turn the television up too loud

Learn why Louise decided to seek help

“I asked myself: Why compromise if I can do something about it? And this is why I contacted a professional.

I wanted to get back at performing 100%. I wanted life to be as it used to be. I wanted to change my life.”


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I sometimes receive feedback from my students - thanking me for my way of teaching.

 

 

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To experience engaged and motivated students – it is the greatest gift.

You know when they show their passion about my teaching, I feel committed to perform even better.

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Discussions with engaged students, the debates, the academic arguments, the different perspectives that we discover through the two-way communication.

I really need to maintain these communication skills in order to do my job to perfection

 

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At one point I was not able to be 100% present in the discussion

My first reaction was, now my students do not see me as competent and sharp.

But then I asked myself, why compromise if I can do something about it?

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And this is why I contacted an expert.

I wanted to get back at performing 100%

 

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I wanted life to be as it used to be.

I wanted a life-change

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Ask yourself: Do you need a hearing test?

Answer the four questions below to see if you should consider getting a hearing test.

Question 1 – Around the table
Do you have trouble following conversations, when there are four or more people present?
Have you received advice from your family or friends to get your hearing tested?
Do you ever struggle to understand what others are saying because you cannot hear properly?
Do you find yourself turning up the TV or radio even when the volume is loud enough for others?

Your Result:

We recommend a hearing test

Your answers indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. We strongly recommend booking a hearing test at one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.


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Your Result:

We recommend a hearing test

Your answers indicate that you experience some symptoms of hearing loss. We recommend booking a hearing test at one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.


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Your Result:

We could not determine whether you need a hearing test

Your answers do not indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. However, if you experience trouble hearing, we recommend booking a hearing test at one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.


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Does hearing loss get worse if left untreated?

If any level of hearing loss is left untreated, the brain gradually loses its ability to process information (due to the lack of auditory stimulation.)

This means that the longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it will be for your brain to make sense of sounds, and the longer it will take to get used to wearing hearing aids.

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6 benefits of using hearing aids

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1. Hear clearly in most situations and enjoy life more
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2. Be able to participate in conversations again
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3. Avoid the stress and discomfort caused by impaired hearing
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4. Avoid having to ask people to repeat themselves
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5. Hear phone conversations effortlessly
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6. Listen to the TV at the same volume as other people around you
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Treating hearing loss with hearing aids

Most types of hearing loss are treated with hearing aids. For those with more severe hearing loss, there are other options available, such as a cochlear implant or a bone-anchored hearing system.  


Hearing aid technology has progressed significantly over the past two decades, improving the quality of hearing aids and delivering an exceptional customer experience.

 

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When to seek help immediately 

If you experience any of the following signs, you should seek medical attention immediately.

  • Sudden loss of hearing
  • "Stuffy” feeling in the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Loud popping sound in the ear followed by hearing loss

Call us immediately if you experience symptoms of sudden hearing loss.

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