WARWICK mother Gina Noble said the realisation that she had a hearing impediment was a gradual process.
Her turning point though, was when she realised how much she had to turn the television volume up. She said before that, she went through various stages of denial.
“I would just think everyone was mumbling and I’d have to ask them to speak clearly,” she said.
“Then with each of my three pregnancies, my hearing got worse.”
Mrs Noble went to see Mark Paton and Associates and was diagnosed with a hearing condition called otosclerosis, a problem that affects two bones in the inner ear.
Now she has two near-invisible hearing aids, which she said has “changed her life”.
“I didn’t realise how loud I used to talk,” she laughed.
“It was driving me crazy and everyone else and it was putting strain on my marriage.
"My husband and I would get frustrated with each other.”
Her children have also realised they can no longer mumble snide comments under their breath.
This National Hearing Awareness week, Mrs Noble is urging others to have their hearing checked.
Mark Paton and Associates offer free screening, and audiometrist Sharon Jamieson said it wasn’t just older people who need help with their hearing.
“A screening takes 15 minutes.
"You don’t have anything to lose.”
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