Hearing is a lot like our vision – something we take for granted.

And many of us ignore the warning signs that something might be a little off; with our hearing, it’s the small things – having to ask someone to repeat themselves, turning the volume on the TV or radio up that extra notch, or missing a part of a conversation.

If that is the case, getting a hearing test is simple, easy and can soon tell you if something is wrong. Here are 10 reasons why you should get to your local high street and have one:

The sooner the better

The sooner you seek help for your hearing, the better your hearing is likely to be in the long-term. Like your vision, the earlier you start wearing hearing aids, the slower the rate of hearing deterioration due to natural wear and tear will be.

You’ll be safer

We subconsciously engage our hearing in everything we do: our ears help us in daily life with everything from crossing the road to hearing our office phones ring. Being unable to hear things like oncoming traffic automatically puts us at risk.

It can spot other health problems too

Hearing checks should be incorporated into your usual healthcare routine as hearing loss can be linked to other health problems such as diabetes. According to research*, diabetics are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as non-diabetics.

However, a Specsavers Audiologists survey found that only 15% of the 1,000 diabetic respondents polled were aware of the associated link.

Helps you find the sound source

For some people, hearing loss occurs in one ear before the other. When sound is transmitted, it naturally hits one ear before hitting the other a split second later. This allows the brain to work out where the noise has come from, so if one ear is unable to hear noise it can be very disorientating.

You’ll be able to join in on the jokes

For many, hearing loss can be incredibly isolating. Not only is it difficult to follow what people are saying, for some it can be a struggle to take part in the conversations themselves. Having regular hearing checks means you don’t have to miss out on the joke any longer!

It’s part of getting older

Hearing loss is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s something that happens to everyone and is simply a part of the aging process. It happens to us all!

You might need a hearing aid…

If you’re unsure as to whether you want to wear hearing aids, rest assured there are various options available. Gone are the clunky flesh-coloured hearing aids that stick out like a sore thumb! Specsavers Audiologists have a wide range of discreet, digital hearing aids that are barely visible when worn.

Hearing aids are pretty digital savvy too

Digital hearing aids don’t just turn up the volume, they identify the sounds you want to hear and help filter out the rest – perfect for conversations in noisy rooms. They learn and remember your settings for different situations meaning they automatically adjust depending on the surrounding environment. They can connect to your TV and even help you answer your mobile phone.

Remember, it might be nothing

Having your hearing checked doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need to wear a hearing aid. Regular hearing checks mean you can monitor your hearing health.

Having a hearing test won’t cost you a penny

Specsavers Audiologists offers free hearing checks. Ask in-store for a quick three-minute check, or if you’d prefer to go for a fully in-depth hearing test, they’re free too and will be carried out by a fully-qualified hearing professional.

Nick Taylor, audiologist and head of professional advancement at Specsavers Audiologists, recommends that everyone over the age of 55 has a hearing check once a year. For more information or to book a free hearing test please visit: www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing