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Huh? Wha? A Guide To Keeping Your Hearing

We live amid a cacophony of daily noise but, as we get older, many of us find that some sounds - such as the telephone ringing - become more difficult to hear. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent and overcome such problems, so you’ll be able to enjoy conversation, music and all the sounds you love for years to come.

Huh? Wha? A Guide To Keeping Your Hearing
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What would the world be like without sound? All of us can imagine to some extent what it would be like to be blind – we simply have to shut our eyes.

It’s much more difficult to imagine being unable to hear speech or music or the dawn chorus, or even the clatter when you drop a pan or your own ‘ouch’ when you stub a toe.

There may be sounds that you would rather not hear – the throbbing music leaking from a fellow passenger’s headphones, the road drill outside your office window, the car alarm that goes off at two o’clock in the morning, your nextdoor neighbour’s lawnmower disturbing a lazy summer afternoon in the garden… yet wouldn’t it feel strange if you couldn’t hear them? 

Follow on for our self-test questionnaire to find out if you have a hearing problem.

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Have you got a hearing problem?
Have you got a hearing problem?
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Do you have difficulty hearing or following what is being said in the following situations?

  • Listening to the television when the volume is adjusted to suit someone else.
  • Talking on the telephone.
  • Having a conversation with someone in a busy place, such as a street, shop or restaurant. Having a conversation with several people in a group.
  • Listening to someone against a background noise, such as a whirring fan or running water. Having a conversation when you can’t see the other person’s face full on.
  • Talking to women or children – even though you can hold conversations with men without any difficulty.

Do you often:

  • Ask people to repeat what they’ve said?
  • Misunderstand what people say?
  • Agree or nod even when you’re not sure what’s been said?
  • Feel that other people mumble when they talk?
  • Turn up the radio or television to a volume that others say is too loud?
  • Have to watch other people’s facial expressions or lip movements to understand what they say?


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