The most common causes of hearing loss are age and prolonged background noise. Over the course of our lifetimes, the fine hairs inside the ear gradually die off or are damaged by sound waves, becoming less sensitive.
If you’ve worked in a loud environment such as a factory (or you’re a fan of heavy rock music) there’s a high likelihood your hearing may have been affected. For all of us, hearing loss is a natural part of the ageing process, but luckily there are some highly effective ways to counter it.
On average it takes 10 years for people to address their hearing loss, even though 1000s of over-50s could benefit from a hearing aid.
No longer the chunky pieces of plastic your grandparents might have worn, hearing aids are now as sleek and well-designed as any other modern gadget. One recent development is the invisible hearing aid, which slips discreetly into your ear and amplifies sound - but not background noise - without anyone noticing but you.
People don't realise you can arrange a hearing test without paying a penny.
If you are affected by the stress and frustration of hearing loss, it’s now completely free to book a hearing test to check what can be done.