Do I Need A Hearing Aid?

Do You Need A Hearing Aid?

We carry out a range of hearing tests that help determine whether you need a hearing aid. Our hearing tests range from a basic hearing screening test to a full hearing assessment. The type and cost of the hearing test will depend on the level of detail required.

We will clearly explain your results and advise you if your hearing test results indicate that you would obtain significant benefits from hearing aids.

Regardless of the degree of hearing loss, if you are experiencing significant communication difficulties, there will be a hearing aid suitable for you. If you have tinnitus and hearing loss, hearing aids will be effective in managing your hearing loss and reducing your tinnitus awareness.

Assistive listening devices are available for the telephone, television, doorbells and alarms. They can be used either instead of hearing aids or in addition to hearing aids.

When do I need a hearing aid?

There are no firm rules for when a hearing aid should be fitted, as each person’s requirements and readiness for hearing aid fitting are unique.
The following considerations can assist in making this decision:

  • The results of the hearing test are a starting point. A significant hearing loss will affect communication.
  • Individual communication needs: consider the need for critical listening requirements in a workplace etc.
  • Comments from family and significant others. Remember that a hearing loss typically develops gradually, so can be difficult to self-diagnose. They will notice the effects of your hearing loss when communicating with you, often before you may become aware. Be open to their feedback. They are affected by your hearing loss and can come to resent needing to accommodate your hearing loss.
  • Withdrawal from social and group activities
  • High levels of fatigue after having conversations. A hearing loss causes a ‘cognitive load’ – the need to concentrate harder to compensate for the hearing loss is tiring. As the hearing loss typically creeps up gradually, this ‘load’ often creeps up gradually as well.
  • Uncertainty or anxiety about mishearing in conversations
  • Feeling left out or marginalised in group conversations

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