The ageing process leads to a deterioration in our ability to hear clearly. Hearing loss occurs so gradually that it can often be difficult to recognise and understand at what point it is no longer ‘tolerable’ or ‘bearable’. Exposure to high noise levels socially or in the workplace can also damage our hearing over time.
It’s said that a person will often wait around seven years before seeking help for their hearing loss. So what are the catalysts for seeking help? Often comments from loved ones are the first indicators: the comments about ‘selective hearing’ or perhaps the ongoing battle over the television volume. For others it might be the realisation that they are missing out on conversations in noisy environments like restaurants, pubs and crowded rooms.