Why have a hearing test?
One of the unusual things about hearing loss is that it’s often not the person with the actual problem who spots it first. This is because the onset is gradual; no one wakes up one morning and feels they suddenly can’t hear, it just slowly creeps up on people. In the vast majority of cases, a good friend or close family member realises something is ‘up’, long before the hearing loss sufferer notices it.
Sometimes having ‘that conversation’ is a bit tricky. People suffering from hearing loss can experience denial – and it’s totally understandable. Their perception can be that people are mumbling or talking too quietly and in the case of TV many people suffering from hearing loss believe TVs no longer have good quality sound! (Audio on modern TVs is actually clearer than it has ever been.)
Specialists around the world agree that it is a bad idea to delay taking action if a hearing loss is suspected. The longer a hearing loss goes untreated the harder it can be to put right as the brain slowly loses its ability to process sound, this loss of sound processing is caused by auditory deprivation (loss of stimulus) which only gets worse over time.
Resent research has also established a link between dementia and hearing loss. *Studies have established that compared with volunteers with normal hearing, those with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss had twofold, threefold and fivefold, respectively, the increased risk of developing dementia over time. The more hearing loss they had the higher the likelihood of developing the memory-robbing disease.