How old are your ears?
In addition to being experts in eye health, Specsavers also specialises in audiology services with on-site hearing centres nationwide managed by highly trained audiologists.
For anyone concerned about their hearing health, Specsavers recently launched a hearing app, which allows people to quickly determine the level of their hearing loss and whether they would benefit from a full hearing test in their local Specsavers store. It also allows people to find their nearest store, book an appointment and provides useful information and advice about hearing loss. The app is available to download for free on the App and Play store on iOS or Android devices.
Similarly, AsapSCIENCE recently uploaded a video onto YouTube, titled How Old Are Your Ears? which plays a series of tones at increasing frequencies and gives you the average age that you can hear them at. As we get older our inner ear becomes less receptive and this quick test will tell you whether you are keeping up with the hearing level of your peer group or losing your abilities too quickly.
Although these tests are beneficial in taking the first steps to addressing hearing loss and in opening the discussion about hearing health, Specsavers encourages people to pop into their local store which offers free screenings in a sound-proof booth with a qualified audiologist. Following the test you will then know if you would benefit from a more comprehensive hearing test, which last about an hour, and is also free.
Hearing loss can often be subtle and gradual and you may not notice it at first. Being aware of the early signs can help you identify the problem quickly, which is important because treatment is more beneficial the earlier it is started. If you’re concerned about your hearing you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it difficult to hear what the person on the other end of the telephone is saying?
- Do you often have to ask people to repeat themselves or does it sound like they’re mumbling?
- Have your friends or family accused you of having the TV or radio too loud? * When you’re in a loud pub or restaurant, is it hard to follow what the person you’re talking to is saying?
- Do you feel isolated because you cannot hear properly?
- Do you avoid situations that you used to enjoy because you’re afraid you won’t be able to hear properly?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, you may benefit from a hearing test and professional advice from a qualified audiologist.
Begin your journey to better hearing health
Specsavers urges anybody concerned about their hearing or by the findings in the asapScience video to pop in store to begin their journey to better hearing health.