Do you feel you’re missing important parts of conversations, or maybe you’re having a tough time hearing certain words?
Do you hear the question, “how are you feeling today” as “how are you stealing the hay?”
If so, it’s probably time to get your hearing checked, and for the holidays it’s a great gift you can give yourself.
“The test is free and it’ll give you interesting and valuable information about where you’re at with your hearing,” says renowned audiologist Dr. Ted Venema with NexGen Hearing, located on the Peninsula at the Sidney Hearing Clinic.
Trouble hearing in a crowd?
If you have difficulties distinguishing voices from general background noise or in a crowd, you’re not alone. That’s the No. 1 complaint from people suffering hearing loss, Dr. Venema says.
“Most people, as they get older – usually around age 65 – start to lose hearing in the high pitches. We call it ‘the trouble with treble,’” he adds. Mishearing consonants and high-pitched speech, like the letters ‘s’ and ‘f’ and the ‘ch’ and ‘th’ sounds, can make it difficult to discern words. That’s why people with hearing loss say, “You don’t have to raise your voice, I just can’t hear what you said.” Dishes or fishes? Kittens or mittens?
Your relationships can also be made difficult with hearing loss, as it necessarily involves another person. “It’s all about communication with others. And we know that sometimes people’s patience gets stretched thin when the other person isn’t hearing them.”
Here’s how Sidney Hearing Clinic can help you:
- Book your appointment online or by calling them at 778-351-4600 to schedule your free, no obligation hearing test.
- Audiologists understand it takes time to build a relationship, so to make things easier, it’s recommended you bring your spouse or partner, or someone else close who spends time with you, to take part in your journey toward better hearing.
- As part of a full-time, full-service hearing centre, staff here will help you better understand what’s happening with your hearing
- If you choose to test-drive a pair of NexGen Hearing aids, you’ll have 90 days to try them out to see if they’re right for you.
For more information or to book your free hearing test in person, drop by NexGen Hearing’s Sidney Hearing Clinic at 2-9764 Fifth St. You can also follow what’s happening with NexGen Hearing on their Facebook page.