Thank you for taking the time to find out how we can help your patients with their hearing.
As a GP, you have a pivotal role in helping your patient’s hearing health care. By helping identify the early signs of hearing loss and encouraging patient’s to have their hearing tested, you will help in preventing auditory deprivation and allowing your patients to experience their world clearly again.
Asking a few short questions of anyone concerned about their hearing or as part of a general health check for patients aged over 65 years, only takes a few minutes but can have effects lasting for years.
Ask your patients:
- Do you often say ‘Pardon’?
- Do you often get the feeling that the person you’re talking to is mumbling or speaking unclearly, especially if they are talking and looking away?
- Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy place, like a restaurant or party?
- Do your family or neighbours ever mention to you that the volume on your television set is very loud?
- Do you have trouble hearing on the telephone, especially if there is any noise in the background?
- Do you find you may miss the phone ring or doorbell?
- Is it sometimes hard to know where a sound is coming from, e.g. when you are in traffic?
- Are you more sensitive to loud noises than you used to be?
- Do you have trouble hearing passengers in the car?
- Do you occasionally answer a question and then realize afterwards that you didn’t understand the question correctly?
- Do you need to concentrate closely when someone is speaking softly, like in a doctors/allied health appointment?
“If you answered YES to any of these questions, there’s a chance that you may have a hearing loss.”