It’s about more than just losing your hearing…

Hearing loss isn’t something to feel ashamed about and it certainly shouldn’t lead to a negative self-image. Unfortunately, hearing loss is becoming increasingly common, so if you are experiencing difficulties with your hearing, you really aren’t alone.

In 2015, it was found that more than 11 million people across the UK experienced hearing loss of some kind – this equates to 1 in 6 of the UK population. It is also predicted that by 2035, this number will rise to 15.6 million, meaning 1 in 5 people will have hearing loss.

Left untreated, studies have found that hearing loss can lead to irritability, anger, negativity, tiredness, tension, depression and stress. Hearing loss can also have many psychological implications, ranging from feeling shame to low self-esteem. In addition to this, there can be a physical impact of hearing loss, including headaches, increased blood pressure, stress and tense muscles.

Thankfully, hearing loss is becoming far less debilitating in everyday life. More than 24,000 people across the UK use sign language as their main form of communication. Additionally, around 6.7 million people are able to benefit from hearing aids.

With the advances in technology, there are now many ways of dealing with hearing loss – from hearing aids to wax removal, tinnitus treatment to custom-made ear plugs, or assistive listening devices. It is far more common now for people to wear hearing aids and it’s certainly not something to feel ashamed or concerned about.

There’s a physical and social impact of hearing loss, especially as it can be hard to be in situations where lots of people are talking or there is loud background noise. It can also be difficult to chat with people over the phone or from afar and also challenging to continue life in the same way as you did before hearing loss. This can feel frustrating, isolating and embarrassing – but it doesn’t have to be, and you can lead a normal life.

Getting help for your hearing loss will enable you to follow conversations with your family and friends, even in noisy settings. You’ll be able to continue your normal relationships and say yes to those invitations you had previously turned down.

Similarly, being able to listen to things you find enjoyable, such as the radio or television, should far outweigh any concerns you might have about wearing hearing instruments. These devices are often small and hard to notice these days, so people likely won’t even realise you are wearing one, unless you make a point of mentioning it.

The right solution is out there to help improve your hearing, boost your confidence and help you lead an active and normal life. It may just be one of our advanced Phonak hearing aids. Shop the range today or get in touch for more information. Email [email protected] or call 0800 054 1138.

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