Hearing is an important aspect of our daily lives. It helps us to communicate with others, enjoy music and other forms of entertainment, and stay alert to our surroundings. However, as we age or due to other factors, our hearing may start to decline. Hearing problems can have a significant impact on our quality of life, making it difficult to participate in conversations or even hear important warning signals.
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What is Age-Related Hearing Loss?
Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is a gradual loss of hearing that occurs as we age. It is one of the most common types of hearing loss, affecting a large portion of older adults.
Age-related hearing loss typically occurs in both ears and affects the ability to hear high-pitched sounds. This can make it difficult to understand speech and hear certain sounds, such as the chirping of birds or the ringing of a phone.
There are several factors that contribute, including changes in the inner ear and changes in the way the brain processes sound. As we age, the hair cells in the inner ear that are responsible for detecting sound begin to break down, leading to a reduced ability to hear certain frequencies. In addition, the brain may become less able to process and interpret sound signals as we age.
Other factorsinclude genetics, exposure to loud noise, certain medical conditions (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and certain medications (such as certain antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs).
The symptoms of age-related hearing loss can vary from person to person and can include difficulty understanding speech, asking others to repeat themselves, turning up the volume on the TV or radio, and withdrawing from social situations due to difficulty hearing.
If you are experiencing changes in your hearing, it's important to schedule a hearing test with an audiologist to determine the cause and identify the best treatment options for your specific needs.
Here are some reasons why you should consider having a free hearing test:
To identify hearing loss early
Hearing loss often occurs gradually, making it difficult to detect in its early stages. By having a free hearing test, you can identify any hearing loss early on and take steps to prevent your hearing ability from getting worse. This can include wearing hearing aids or taking other measures to protect your hearing.
2. To improve communication
If you are experiencing hearing loss, it can be difficult to participate in conversations with others. This can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration. By having a free hearing test, you can determine the extent of your hearing loss and work with your audiologist to find the best solution for improving your ability to communicate with others.
3. To prevent cognitive decline
Hearing loss has been linked to cognitive decline and an increased risk of dementia. By identifying and treating hearing loss early, you can reduce your risk of cognitive decline and other related conditions.
4. To improve your overall well-being
Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your overall well-being. It can lead to feelings of frustration, isolation, and depression. By improving your hearing, you can improve your quality of life and enjoy the many benefits of good hearing.
5. To stay safe
Hearing loss can make it difficult to hear warning signals, such as fire alarms, car horns, and other important sounds. By having a free hearing test, you can ensure that you are able to hear these sounds and stay safe in your daily life.
At Hear Pure Chester, you can expect a comprehensive hearing test that will assess your hearing sensitivity, your ability to understand speech, and your overall hearing health. Our experienced audiologists will work with you to develop a customized plan for improving your hearing and enhancing your overall well-being.
What happens at a Free Hearing Test?
At Hear Pure Chester, the hearing test appointment typically begins with a discussion of your medical history and any concerns you have about your hearing. The audiologist will then examine your ears using a special instrument called an otoscope to check for any visible signs of blockage or damage.
Next, you will be asked to listen to a series of sounds at different volumes and frequencies using headphones. The audiologist will ask you to indicate when you hear each sound by pressing a button or raising your hand.
This portion of the hearing test is called pure-tone audiometry, and it helps to determine the softest sounds you can hear at different frequencies. The results are plotted on an audiogram, which is a graph that shows your hearing sensitivity in each ear.
After the full hearing test is complete, the audiologist will review the results with you and discuss any recommendations for further evaluation or treatment. If hearing aids are recommended, the audiologist can help you choose the right hearing aid based on your hearing loss and lifestyle. Remeber we may have special offers on invisible hearing aids, rechargeable hearing aids or bluetooth hearing aids. It's always worth asking?
Overall, having a hearing test at Hear Pure Chester is a simple and painless process that can provide valuable information about your hearing health. Whether you are experiencing hearing loss or simply want to check your hearing, scheduling a hearing test can be a proactive step towards maintaining your overall well-being.
How Can You Prepare for a Hearing Test?
Preparing for a hearing test can help ensure that you get accurate results and make the most of your appointment. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a hearing test:
Make a list of any symptoms you are experiencing: Before your appointment, make a list of any symptoms you are experiencing, such as difficulty hearing in certain situations or ringing in your ears. This can help your audiologist understand your concerns and determine the best course of action.
Bring a list of any medications you are taking: Certain medications can affect your hearing, so it's important to bring a list of any medications you are taking to your appointment. This can help your audiologist determine if your medications could be contributing to any hearing issues.
Avoid exposure to loud noise before your appointment: Exposure to loud noise can affect the results of your hearing test, so it's important to avoid exposure to loud noise before your appointment. This can include avoiding concerts or sporting events and turning down the volume on your TV or radio.
Consider bringing a friend or family member: Having a friend or family member with you during your appointment can provide emotional support and help you remember important information discussed during your appointment.
Be prepared to answer questions about your medical history: Your audiologist will likely ask you about your medical history, so be prepared to answer questions about any medical conditions you have had in the past or are currently experiencing.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that you get accurate results from your hearing test and receive the best possible care. And don’t worry about the cost of your appointment – all our hearing tests for over 55's are completely free!
We want everyone who comes through our doors to have access to the best possible care, no matter what their budget might be.
So come in today and see how much better life could sound with better hearing! We even have Same Day Appointments!
Call Hear Pure Chester on 01244 311142 or click here to book a hearing test appointment with our online diary.