Your Hearing

Hearing is one of your most vital senses 

However it is very often it is ignored or taken for granted. Hearing loss is very common in later life but can also affect some people much sooner. Hearing loss usually begins very gradually and can take many years to develop and become noticeable although it is often other people, friends or relatives that will notice at first. 
Typical signs are that you start to get spoken words wrong or have difficulty when in a group of
people or social gatherings. These are all to common signs along with comments such as 'everyone mumbles' these days or 'if only people would speak clearly' is often heard.
As more time passes people often reach a situation where their hearing loss starts to affect their pleasure of life and even relationships can become strained. 

The good news is that there are effective solutions to help and we can provide them. Simply call our helpline on 0800 242 5299 and we will be pleased to help you.

How do we hear?

The ear consists of the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. Sound is collected and channelled down the ear canal (1) and causes the eardrum (2) to vibrate. The eardrum is connected to three tiny bones in the middle ear (3) called the malleus, incus and stapes, and these transmit the sound energy to the inner ear (4). Inside the inner ear there are many thousands of nerve fibres called hair cells, and these are responsible for registering all the different sounds arround us and converting them into nerve impulses. 
The main auditory nerve (5) then carries these nerve impulses to the brain where we actually hear the sound. Also situated within the inner ear is the balance mechanism which contains a group of semi-cicular canals that can detect even the slightest change in our body movement and position. All of our hearing process happens without any conscious thought, however it is also our ability to listen to the sound that often determines our understanding and meaning of the sounds that we hear. Take a moment to try the following 'Hearing Check' for yourself.

Hearing loss

The ear can normally detect very faint sounds like the sound of a ticking watch for example, and also birdsong and a voice spoken in a whisper. It can also tolerate very loud sounds like a pneumatic drill and traffic noise and yet has the ability to discriminate different words in a multitude of sounds for
example when having a conversation in a busy restaurant with a lot of background noise.
However with impaired hearing it can be very difficult to hear and understand a softly spoken voice, and sometimes almost impossible to have a conversation when in a large group of people in the presence of background noise. 
Also very loud sounds can often cause a great deal of discomfort for many people with hearing impairment, for example traffic noise when in the high street or on a bus or train.

It is often the case that your hearing loss will have been noticed by other people for some time and this can be frustrating for friends and family, so if you feel that your hearing is causing concern for other people or indeed yourself then please call our helpline today on 0800 242 5299 and we will be pleased to arrange a no-obligation consultation to establish the degree of hearing impairment and to explain how we can help.

It is worth remembering that living with better hearing can give you a much better quality of life and so help you to more enjoy your life in everything that you do.