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First the Questions - then Answers - and finally the Solutions

Q: Should I seek medical advice?
A: As I said from the outset, you should always seek professional advice, from your GP or, if privately, from a registered and qualified Hearing Aid Audiologist.

Q: Do I have to pay for this?
A: This consultation and even the hearing test costs you nothing.
Note: If you go private you should see evidence of their  qualifications, the most common of which is RHAD after their name – Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser.

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Q: Should I believe all that I read?
A: There is also a lot written about the subject – in guides, magazine articles, on the internet. This information may or may not be compiled by medically qualified professionals, which is another reason you should consult a professional in person.

Q: Is everyone's hearing loss the same?
A: No. That's another reason for using these sources of information as guidelines only
, and to use them to get familiar with the issues surrounding hearing loss and possible solutions. Don't automatically assume all that you read always applies to you individually.

Q: Why do I say this?
A: Because each hearing loss is individual to that person and therefore:
1. You must make an appointment to be assessed so that your own level and type of hearing loss can be measured and defined.

2. This can only be carried out by a professional qualified to do so (This can be at your GP's, a hearing centre, or at your home.)

We have now touched on the Who, What, Why and Where in our Signpost.
I hope things are now starting to make sense. Some aspects will be expanded on later. "When" is more difficult to establish.

Q: Why do I say this?
A: Because natural hearing loss tends to be gradual if it is associated with perhaps the most common cause, age.

At the early stages you may not notice it at all. Even those closest to you may not either, but as it worsens they are often the first to tell you!

Q: Will my natural hearing clarity get better?
A: Unless it's something simple like a build up of wax - and that's all it is - hearing loss is quite likely to get worse.

As it deteriorates into moderate loss of hearing clarity, you still may not act. You put up with it. You get by. You may even deny you have a problem because you can still hear.

Q: I can still here most things. Why should I bother?
A: It may be just that you are losing the ability to hear SOME sounds.

Some of these "lost sounds" may be important – like the phone, the doorbell, or what your spouse is saying if the pitch of their voice has become outside your range. Simple consonants such as “s” and “f” become indistinguishable.

If you have got to this stage, you have probably now arrived at “When”. Now let's revisit the “Where”.

Q: Where can you get more written information?
A By requesting it from the Contact Us page.

Q: Where can you find help from a professional locally (if not your GP)?
A: Again, ask via the Contact Us page.

You will then have arrived at Your Questions Answered - at which point your options on possible solutions will be explained.

Important reminder: The final choice of course of action is always yours. You decide what to do about your condition.

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