If you answer 'yes' to any of the following, then you may need a hearing test:
Untreated hearing loss may lead to numerous social and psychological problems. Some hearing-impaired people also experience physical problems because of their hearing loss. Even a mild hearing loss can lead to a lower quality of life. Many people with a hearing loss complain of difficulty communicating with family and friends, feeling isolated and left out, lack of concentration, embarrassment, headaches, tiredness and loss of self confidence.
Surveys indicate that hearing-impaired people benefit socially and psychologically and improve their quality of life when their hearing loss is treated with proper hearing aids.
Hearing impaired people estimate their hearing ability to have improved very substantially when treated with hearing aids. This is in contrast to their belief before being fitted with hearing aids that their hearing was adequate.
Many hearing-impaired people would benefit from using hearing aids, but only one out of five, requiring them, actually have them. Currently, over 2 million people in the UK have been fitted with a hearing aid, although only 1.4 million of those actually use them regularly. Research has shown that one of the main reasons people are resistant to wearing hearing aids is because of the stigma associated with hearing loss.
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