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If you recognise any of these symptoms in your friend or loved one, they may be experiencing hearing loss.

1. Is your loved one having difficulty following conversations?
2. Are they turning the TV volume up too high?
3. Do you often need to repeat yourself?
4. Are they disturbed by ringing or buzzing sounds in their ear (tinnitus)?
5. Has their behaviour changed (for example, withdrawing from social activities)?

Your family and friends often notice before you do that you are missing sounds, misunderstanding conversations or not engaging in social activities as much as you used to. Here are some tips to help you address the situation with them:

Find a private, comfortable space. Try to be patient and understanding. Let them know what you have noticed.
Be compassionate and objective.
Do some research. Managing any degree of hearing loss can have a positive influence on your loved one’s health and well-being, and help them to maintain strong relationships.
Be supportive. Even if your friend or loved one wants to do something about their hearing loss, they may not know where to find out more. You can help by letting them know they can easily make an appointment to have a FREE* hearing check.
Offer to come with them to their appointment. Many people find it helpful to have someone with them when they discuss their hearing and communication needs, have their results explained and consider their options.

Getting a hearing health check is a step towards a healthier, happier life. Should you receive a hearing loss diagnosis, you’ll be able to discuss the option of a 2-week FREE hearing aid trial^. You’ll then have the time to experience the difference it can make. Love the sounds of your everyday life again.

Courtesy Audika

*Free hearing check is for adults 26 years and over.
^ Eligibility for and exact hearing aid model selected for the trial is dependent on the hearing and lifestyle needs determined at the discretion of our qualified clinicians. For full Terms and Conditions visit

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