Do I need a hearing test?

As we get older regular hearing tests, like eye tests, become an important part of our healthcare routine. We’ve put together some simple criteria to help decide whether a free hearing test would benefit you:

» You're over 60 and have never had a hearing test - Many people lose some of their hearing as they get older; it’s a natural process and by the time we’re 60 over half of us will have some degree of age-related hearing loss. If you're over 60 it's wise to start taking care of your hearing; attending a hearing test every 2 years at Boots is a simple first step.

» It's over 2 years since your last hearing test - Our hearing levels change over time. If it’s 2 years or more since your last hearing test, we recommend you book an appointment at your local Boots centre. A hearing test is just as important if you already wear a hearing aid as changes to your hearing levels can affect how efficiently it supports you.

» You feel you're not hearing as well as you used to - Hearing loss usually occurs so gradually that the early signs are easy to miss. You may not notice the changes to your hearing for some time - in fact for many people its friends or family members who notice the symptoms first. If any of the following hearing loss symptoms seem familiar, you could benefit from a hearing test at Boots:

  • You sometimes mishear or misunderstand conversation; especially in background noise - It’s not necessarily that you can’t hear people talking; you just can’t hear them clearly. This can make it difficult to follow, and take part in conversations with friends and family. This can also be a challenge with conversations over the telephone when you can’t see the person face to face.

  • You have the television turned up louder than others find comfortable - Lots of people who come to see us say television is a particular issue. Turning up the volume may help, but an increase in volume doesn’t always mean an increase in clarity and can mean people watching with you find it too loud for comfort.

  • You feel tired from trying to hear and follow conversations - Concentrating hard to hear a group of friends or even the television at a low level can take its toll; you can feel tired, experience headaches or even stress.

If any of these apply to you, you can book a free appointment at Boots Hearingcare online or call us on 0845 270 1600

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