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Self-assessment: Do I need a hearing test? 

Just answer the four questions below to see whether you should consider getting a hearing test.

Question 1 – Around the table
Do you have trouble following conversations when there are four or more people present?
Have your family or friends suggested that you get your hearing tested?
Do you ever struggle to understand what others are saying because you cannot hear them properly?
Do you find yourself turning up the TV or radio, even when the volume is loud enough for others?

Your Result:

You would benefit from a hearing test

Your answers indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. We strongly recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.



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Your Result:

It seems you’d benefit from a hearing test

Your answers indicate that you experience some symptoms of hearing loss. We recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.



Book your free hearing test:

Your Result:

It cannot be determined whether you’d benefit from a hearing test

Your answers do not indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. However, if you experience trouble hearing, we recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.




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Dr Hilary Jones

Dr Hilary Jones, GP & Medical Broadcaster, says: "Staying connected to the world around us can help improve your mental health, your relationships and allow you greater independence. Whilst many of us visit an optician and dentist regularly, so many ignore their hearing health." 

That's why Dr Hilary also says, "A free hearing test with Hidden Hearing is the place to start."

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Did you know, three quarters of the UK population have never had a hearing test, which is putting both their hearing and their general health at risk.

Hearing loss affects about 1 in 6 of the UK population, and it’s not down to just their age.
I’d like to give you ten good reasons why I think you should have a hearing test.

Dr Hilary is sitting in a doctor’s office.

Caption reads: Dr Hilary Jones, GP & Medical Broadcaster.

First of all it’s free and it takes less than an hour. 

Number 1

People might worry about having test, but it could be something as simple as a build-up of wax, which is easily remedied.  Number 2
Going for regular hearing tests also means you can take stock of any change that happens over a period of time.  Number 3
Remember that good hearing keeps you safe as well. You want to be able to hear that fast car coming around the corner as you cross the road.  Number 4
You can join in and be part of the conversation when you have your test  Number 5
You can preserve and enhance your mind and memory through constant sound stimulation to the brain.  Number 6
Maintaining good hearing also reduces the risk of dementia and depression.  Number 7
You can also be part of normal socialising; be ‘in’ with the jokes.  Number 8
Good hearing of course can also increase your potential.  Number 9
Having your hearing checked of course doesn’t mean you have any hearing loss, but having regular checks at least means you stay on top of your hearing and your health.  Number 10
If you’re over 55, make sure you have a hearing test and make it part of your annual healthcare routine.

To book a free hearing test near you, visit hiddenhearing.co.uk.

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Why good hearing is important

Chances are you have never had a hearing test. Or your last hearing test might have been a while ago. Catching hearing loss early could have a profound impact on your quality of life.

Hearing loss can creep up on you without you really knowing, especially the older you get. In fact, 40% of over 50s will have some degree of loss1. The earlier a hearing loss is detected and treated, the better the outcome for the individual. The effects of untreated hearing loss on your life are profound.

Modern day hearing aid technology means that there are solutions for all levels of hearing loss and lifestyles; from Bluetooth®-enabled aids that stream sound directly from your phone to your ear, some you can barely see and others that can help manage your tinnitus too. So we’re campaigning for you to test your ears at 55 years. It’s that easy.

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What happens during a hearing test?

One of our hearing care experts will discuss your lifestyle and do a physical examination of your outer ears, checking for signs of infection or any damage to the eardrums. Next, they'll test your hearing with headphones. You'll hear a variety of sounds to see how you respond to different pitches and frequencies, and you'll get your results straightaway. If we find any hearing loss, we'll go through your treatment options.

What happens at a hearing test

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How long does it take?
About an hour. During this time, you'll find whether you have any hearing loss and, if so, a solution that best suits you.
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Does it hurt?
Not at all. To look at your eardrum we use an otoscope, that fits just inside your ear. For the audiometer test, you will wear a standard set of headphones.
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Should I bring someone with me?
Yes, please do. It's important to bring along a family member as a familiar voice for a speech clarity test and to help you decide what to do next.
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Who conducts the test?
Our highly trained hearing aid audiologists. All are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you know you're in safe hands.

Read Sandra's story to better hearing

Sandra Pierce, 58, Wales, “Before wearing hearing aids, I was losing all my confidence.” Sandra’s life changed for the better once she found the right solution for her hearing loss. Watch her story and see how she wishes she acted sooner. 

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My hearing loss came when I was 38, it was quite a shock really. Sandra is walking through a reception area.
My husband at the time kept saying to me, “I’m talking to you, you’re not listening to me.” Sandra is shown sitting against a wall with a flowered pattern. She looks into the camera and is laughing.
And it started off as a mild hearing loss but in the last 20 years now it’s literally gone like that [motions a steep decline with hand]. I wanted to train to be a teacher. I’d gone back to do an IT access course. I couldn’t hear what the teacher when they were writing, when he had his back to me writing on the board, or any of the students in front of me, so I had to change tack.

It affected my family life, I think… the children – especially my middle son, he’s got such a soft voice. One of the things I used to despair at more than anything was when you had to ask them to repeat themselves and they’d say, “It’s alright Mum, it’s fine, doesn’t matter.” Well it does matter, you do want to be part of their conversation and I used to find that very upsetting. I’ve done a lot of nodding in the right places and sometimes you get caught out because it doesn’t always work.

I wanted to go to a networking meeting, but the thought of doing… They used to do these “you have to talk about yourself for a minute”. I couldn’t make out what the lady was asking me in front.
Sandra is now sitting on a sofa in a grand reception room while she is talking to us.
I thought: “there’s got to be something better out there that can help me,” and that’s where I discovered Hidden Hearing. Sandra is engaging lively conversation. She is sitting across a table from another lady in a dining room.
I think the service and support that I’ve got from Hidden Hearing has been first class, explaining why you should wear you hearing aids every day, and they check to make sure you’re getting on with them, if there’s anything that might need tweaking. Sandra is sitting in the grand reception room.

Sandra is again show engaging in conversation in a dining room. 

Being told that you need to wear hearing aids every day for your brain to adjust and get used to them. Sandra is laughing at what is being said by her companion in the dining room.

Sandra is again sitting in the grand reception room.

Well the hearing aids that I wear now are Oticon Opn and they’re more discreet, you’ve got tiny, tiny tubes that run down the side here [motions to ear]. For the first time ever I now wear my hair up so, you know, I can literally wear my hair up and I don’t feel ashamed. I used to feel ashamed of big thick tubes, so they’re quite discreet and the clarity’s wonderful with them. The camera is now focusing on Sandra’s hair from behind. She is pulling her hair up into a ponytail. Holding her hair with left hand, she is motioning to her right ear, gesturing to where the tubes on her old hearing aid would have been on the outside of her ear.
 With my hearing aids and my mobile phone – I absolutely love it – the fact that it’s all Bluetoothed into your ears. Embracing my hearing has been one of the best things for me, my family and my career. It’s just improved year on year since I’ve had my new hearing aids. I’ve now gone from a team of - I had three, I think, three years ago to, I think, we’re up to 67. The best thing about switching my life on with my newfound hearing is I’ve got my confidence back. I’ve got my wiggle back – that’s how I see it – and I’m loving life again. Sandra is sitting in a dining room, talking with a male and female companion. 

Sandra is sitting in the grand reception room.

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Introducing the award-winning Oticon More

Oticon More was launched in December 2020 and is designed to give you more access to your surroundings. It supports your brain so you can connect with the sounds that matter to you.

Oticon More makes handling your surroundings easier, even in difficult listening environments, like crowded places. 

It features new Deep Neural Network (DNN) technology, which learns in a similar way to your brain. Oticon More has been trained with 12 million real-life sounds, so it recognises how a sound should be interpreted. 

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Sources

1. RNID statistics