Episode 14: How Do I know If I Need Hearing Aids (or a Hearing Test)

Today we’re going to answer one of the most frequently asked questions about hearing aids.
The number one question is how do I know if I need one?

The first thing to do is to find out whether you have a hearing loss. If you find that you have to work hard to hear somebody, especially in background noise or perhaps your family is commenting or making jokes about you being deaf then it’s time to have your hearing tested.

If you are working hard to communicate with your usual speed and efficiency and it means you have to fill in the gaps of what people are saying which is tiring, this is a good reason to try out hearing aids to see if they can make your life easier.

Another question we get is: “will hearing aids make my hearing normal again?” The answer is no they will not repair the damage to your ears but they will go a long way towards helping you maintain good communication and social interaction, which is important to enjoying a normal lifestyle and to safeguarding against cognitive decline, which intern contributes to brain diseases such as dementia.