Recognising hearing loss

Our “Recognising Hearing Loss” section is dedicated to helping you understand the various aspects of hearing impairment. Whether you’re concerned about your own hearing or that of a loved one, this resource will provide valuable insights.

Recognising Hearing Loss: The First Step Towards Better Hearing

Welcome to the “Recognising Hearing Loss” page at Nantwich Hearing Centre. We understand that recognising the signs of hearing loss is a critical first step in the journey to improving your hearing health. On this page, we will help you gain a deeper understanding of hearing loss, its signs, causes, and levels, empowering you to take action.

Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can manifest in subtle but impactful ways. The signs are not always obvious, and they can vary from person to person. Some common signs to watch for include:

  • Difficulty following conversations, especially in noisy environments
  • Frequent requests for repetition during conversations
  • Turning up the TV or radio volume to a level that others find too loud
  • Withdrawing from social situations due to communication challenges
  • Ringing or buzzing sensations in the ears (tinnitus)

Causes of Hearing Loss

Understanding the root causes of hearing loss is essential. It can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Aging: Age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, is common as we get older.
  • Noise Exposure: Prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as at concerts or in noisy workplaces, can damage hearing.
  • Genetics: Some people may have a genetic predisposition to hearing loss.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain illnesses, medications, and infections can affect hearing.
  • Earwax Buildup: Excessive earwax can block the ear canal, leading to temporary hearing loss.

Levels of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is categorised into different levels based on severity, from mild to profound. Understanding where you or a loved one falls on this spectrum is essential for seeking the right support and solutions.

By exploring the information provided on this “Recognising Hearing Loss” page, you’ll be better equipped to identify potential signs of hearing loss, understand what might be causing them, and take the necessary steps to address your hearing health.

If you suspect hearing loss, don’t hesitate to schedule a free hearing test with us. Early intervention can make a significant difference in your quality of life, and we’re here to support you every step of the way on your journey to better hearing.


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Useful information prior to your first visit

We have put together some commonly asked questions

We always allow an hour and a half for a full hearing assessment. Unlike other bigger organisations, we take the time to do a thorough assessment to ensure you get the very best results and have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you need to.

We actively encourage you to bring someone with you to your hearing assessment should you wish to.

This could be a spouse, partner, family member or someone who you feel close to. They can provide invaluable support and often provide us with really useful information during the initial discussions.


Yes we have a warm, comfortable, wheel chair accessible waiting area so please don’t worry if you arrive a little early.

Yes there is both a short-stay and a long-stay car park within a few minutes walk of our Clinic. You will find a map on our contact page but please contact us on 01270 611212 if you need more detailed directions.

Yes we have a ground floor toilet accessible for all our clients.

Anyone who is fitted with hearing aids needs time to adjust and get used to them. To ensure you get the most from your hearing aids you will need regular follow-up appointments. Unlike some major high street retailers, we provide a comprehensive aftercare service. We do not want your hearing aids to end up discarded in a drawer! As a small, family run business we work closely with you and take the time to ensure your hearing is the best it can be. Alan is in our centre 5 days a week and we are happy to arrange appointments at short notice or outside opening hours if necessary. All aftercare appointments are included in the cost of your hearing aids.

Early indications of hearing loss are;

  • Frequently having to ask people to repeat themselves.
  • Having difficulty hearing in noisy or busy places
  • Misunderstanding conversations
  • Finding that people are mumbling
  • Having to increase the volume on the television
  • Avoiding social situations

If any of the above sound familiar then we recommend that you make an appointment with a qualified audiologist.

No. Like other items such as mobile phones and cameras, technology has moved on and today’s hearing aids are smaller, lighter and very discreet. In some cases they are totally invisible and others won’t know you are wearing them. A hearing aid should never be uncomfortable. At Nantwich Hearing Centre we will ensure yours fit perfectly.

Your hearing assessment will be conducted by Alan Jackson, who is a qualified Audiologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). All your fitting and aftercare appointments will also be with Alan. You will get to know him very well!