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Should I get my Hearing Tested?

YES – before even considering if you have hearing loss, you should get your hearing tested regularly.

Just like having regular eye tests or doctors check-ups it really pays to have your hearing tested. This way we can get a baseline of where you are and pick up any changes early.

A hearing test can seem like a scary thing for many people as they aren’t sure what’s involved. Or you may think even if there is some hearing loss it’s easier not to know.

But we can guarantee it’s a painless process and the sooner you get something done the better off you will be.

How is your hearing?

Most people will only get their hearing tested if they think there might be a problem, infact your probably reading this article because you suspect that you (or someone close to you) may have hearing loss.

It’s likely that you may have been thinking about it for a while and now you’re having a look around the internet to see if it’s worth getting it checked out.

Below is a list of some of the common signs of hearing loss. If you feel you are experiencing any of these, we strongly recommend getting your hearing tested.

• Muffled quality of speech and other sounds
• Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
• Difficulty understanding people unless they are facing you
• Thinking that others do not talk properly and mumble
• Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
• Difficulty understanding higher pitched voices
• Struggling to hear conversation from a distance
• Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
• Difficulties hearing on the phone
• Avoidance of some social gathering
• Becoming more sensitive to loud sounds
• Experiencing ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)

If you are now ready to book a hearing test – just call 1300 432 793 and one of our experienced consultants will be happy to speak to you.

If you’re still not convinced, keep reading. There are many more compelling arguments as to why you should get your hearing tested.

You may not want to have a hearing test because you think that there is very little that can be done. A lot of people associate Hearing Aids with the big squawky ones their parents or grandparents wore.

These days most hearing aids are digital therefore eliminating the squawks. The technology has also come a long way so the capacity to hear is better than ever before.

If the look of hearing aids worries you there are a lot of small and discreet options available. Depending on someone’s hearing loss and budget, most people can wear a hearing aid that’s practically invisible and it’s unlikely anyone will notice it at all.

Hearing Aids

We see a lot of people who admit they have known they have hearing loss for a while, but think that they will just delay it a little longer and it won’t matter.

However there is increasing scientific evidence indicating that untreated hearing loss can be linked with the progression of other medical conditions, including dementia. The overwhelming message is that the sooner you get your hearing treated the better!

Getting checked is a painless and fairly cheap process, especially for the peace of mind it can bring you.

If you are an Australian Pensioner or Veteran you may even be eligible for free hearing services from the government. At AudioHearing Melbourne we are proud to be accredited to provide these services.

We also offer discounts for seniors card holders. While many private health insurance providers subsidise hearing tests and hearing aids depending on what type of cover you have.

We hope we have convinced you to book a hearing test! Call 1300 432 793 today or fill in this form and we will contact you within 1 business day to book your test.

Save money on hearing aid batteries!

Batteries can be an expensive and yet integral part of any hearing aid users life, but by following one small step before inserting them into your hearing aids you can improve the life of your batteries by up to 85%!

Hearing Aid Batteries

Standard zinc hearing aid batteries will last much longer if you peel the tab off the back 5 minutes before inserting it into your hearing aid. Leaving the batteries un-tabbed and exposed to oxygen for this amount of time gives the zinc time to oxidise which charges up the battery.

Equally leaving a battery untabbed for much longer periods of time (ie days or weeks) will reduce the effectiveness of the battery as it begins to discharge after the 5 minute charging time.

The discovery was made by an American teenager, Ethan Manuell 14, from Rochester Minessota. Ethan has been a hearing aid user since he was four and his interest was sparked after being set an assignment by his teacher for the school science fair.

He tested the batteries using a robotic bug that he converted to hold hearing aid batteries. Then over a period of months he tested how long each battery lasted after being un-tabbed for a set amount of time.

“If you wait five minutes, you’ll get the longest battery lifespan,” says Ethan.

Not only is Ethan saving lots of people around the world a lot of money, he has also won a series of awards including a US Naval Science award and is currently nominated to win a ‘Focus on People’ award from Hearing Aid manufacturer Oticon.