Recognising hearing loss

Recognising that someone close to you, a friend or family member is experiencing challenges with their hearing is not always easy as hearing loss tends to happen gradually over time and your loved may not know that they have some symptoms of hearing loss. It can present questions such as, what can I do to help my loved one? Where can I get more information? Who can I go to for help?

Understanding the types of environments your loved one experiences difficulties in can help identify the type of hearing loss they may have. You may find that you’re loved is aware that their hearing is not as good as it used to be but is unsure what to do or they may refuse to accept changes in their hearing.

Changes in your loved one’s hearing can affect their emotional state of mind. They may feel stressed and frustrated by not being able to hear everything around them or conversations with those closest to them. Feeling embarrassed or nervous as you may misunderstand parts of the conversation or not fully understanding a conversation. Social adventures can become more challenging for your loved ones and they may not attend as many events and gatherings due to this.

Within this section you will find helpful information and support to help you and your loved one recognise and understand their hearing.

First signs of hearing loss

Knowing what the first signs of hearing loss can help you and your loved one re-discover the sounds and conversations happening around you, that they may be missing out on. Hearing is one of their key senses in interpreting the world around them.

Understanding hearing loss

Understanding how the hearing system works and how changes in hearing can affect those closest to you, can help provide you answers to questions you may have and provide information as to what to do next and how you communicate with your loved one better.

How hearing works

Our ears are truly remarkable and complex things. Find out more about how hearing works and how you loved one may be feeling.

Effects of hearing loss

Hearing loss can affect your quality of life, your emotional state of mind as well as having other additional health effects. You may or may not see the effects that hearing loss has on your loved one, but understanding how they may be feeling can provide the support to start a new journey.

Frequently asked questions on hearing loss

If you have any unanswered questions, our in depth FAQ section can help you find the answers you‘re looking for.

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