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Do you dread social situations? Is it becoming increasingly harder to follow a conversation in a busy room? Or perhaps you’ve spotted a loved one who seems to struggle hearing you when you’re talking. Maybe they need hearing help.
Hearing loss worries a lot of people at any age but as we get older, it can become more concerning and feel like you’re losing your independence. If you’re experiencing any of the following then it’s time to stop putting it off any longer and make an appointment with a doctor of audiology for a thorough check-up.
If you find yourself having to nod and smile politely because you’ve missed some if not all of a conversation, then you may be experiencing some partial hearing loss. This can be made even harder if there is a lot of background noise but may also prove difficult in a group, where conversation is fast and there are lots of people joining in.
You may also find yourself asking to have things repeated far more often than you did before and not pick up on what people are saying if they’re not in your direct line of vision or hearing. The effort of following and keeping up with conversation might also leave you feeling drained. It can be quite a mental effort to try and work out what people are saying to you if you’re struggling to hear and that effort will probably leave you feeling far more tired than usual.
If your partner or family start complaining that you’ve turned the television or radio up too loud, this is also a common sign of hearing loss.
Take a look at what the normal levels are by asking family members and check if you can still hear properly. If you’re struggling then make an appointment for a check-up.
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It might be that you’re simply suffering from waxy build-up in your ears, and there are several DIY solutions you might could try at home before going to the doctor. Try tipping some warm (not hot) olive oil into your ear with a syringe and leaning on one side for a few minutes. This can sometimes melt the wax and help you hear a bit better.
There are also over the counter solutions that work effectively. Alternatively ask your doctor to syringe the wax out and you might see an improvement.
If you don’t and you’re still struggling, then it’s time to go and see a specialist for hearing help. There are many solutions for hearing loss and not all of them involve large hearing aids. With discrete, in-ear options on the market you’ll be able to benefit from improved hearing without feeling self-conscious.
There’s nothing to fear and the sooner you’re back up and running, the sooner you’ll be back to sparkling conversation, TV that doesn’t deafen the rest of the family and a sense of being reconnected again with the rest of the world. Book your appointment today and start putting your mind at rest.