Not Sure if you are Suffering Hearing Loss? Here’s What to Watch Out For

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Hearing loss is a very common issue. Many people around the world have partial or full hearing loss and it can occur at any time during your lifespan. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to maintain your quality of life, from getting a specially fitted hearing aid to joining communities and learning to sign.

While hearing loss is generally thought of as part of the aging process – and elderly people are particularly prone to it – you shouldn’t struggle on believing that you are too young for your symptoms. Not every sign and symptom will mean permanent hearing loss and it could be that you have an infection that is best treated early.

Hearing aids have significantly improved in design and spec in the last few years. Though you might feel a bit embarrassed to start with, the hearing aid features will soon make you realize that hearing aids can make a real difference to your quality of life. Instead of avoiding the problem, look out for these signs that things may not be quite right and visit your audiologist as soon as possible.

Struggling to Keep Up

When people talk in large groups, we don’t have access to all the information we have during one to one conversations including body language and lip reading. If you are beginning to lose your hearing then this type of social situation might be the first sign that something is amiss.

Hearing loss is associated with a number of health issues but if you are dropping out of conversations and avoiding social situations because you can’t keep up, you must watch out for your mental health too. Loneliness and depression are common in people who struggle to communicate and a trip to the audiologist could make it a whole lot easier!

Mishearing or Not Hearing at All

Another common sign of hearing loss is frequently mishearing what someone is saying to you. When people with average hearing mishear, they can often work out what the word should have been by context. People who mishear more often have less context to go off and therefore either guess (leading to weird answers and exchanges) or have to ask for a repetition.

It seems odd that you might not notice not hearing something but when you think about it, it’s not that strange at all. Other people are likely to point out that you haven’t heard something so don’t brush off their concerns.

Turning the Volume Up

One certain way to tell whether you have hearing loss is the volume button. If you are sat happily watching TV while everyone else is covering their ears, there is clearly a problem! Again, people who live alone might not realize that there is an issue with volume themselves until someone else points out how loud something is.

The phone is another great example of this. Because you are forced to listen without any other linguistic cues, you are more likely to need to turn the volume up or even to speakerphone to hear: a sure sign it’s time to see an audiologist!

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10 Ways To Prepare Your Home And Make It Sell Faster

Every seller wants their home to sell fast and for the best price possible, but it takes much more than will or luck alone to make this happen. Although it is sometimes possible to sell your home as it is, some careful planning and preparation will make it a lot more likely that you’ll receive an offer that you’re happy to accept. After all, no one is going to pay top dollar for a property that smells funny, looks even worse, and is falling apart. If you’re planning to sell your home sometime soon, here are ten things that you should do to prepare and make it sell faster.


Make The Place Sparkle

Cleaning your home for sale should go far beyond your daily and weekly chores. In fact, to clean the property properly, it will probably take an entire day at best. After all, potential buyers will want to see every single inch of your home, including the places even you rarely think about. With that in mind, you may want to hire a cleaning service to save yourself the work. Once this is done, you should ensure that you clean up after yourself every single day and before each viewing.

Clear Out Your Clutter

Cluttered homes look small and unappealing, which is going to put off potential buyers and distract them from all of the great things your home has to offer. It also makes it incredibly difficult for viewers to imagine themselves living in your house. Because of this, you need to move or hide anything that doesn’t add to the space. Avoid storing these items in your home, as viewers will also want to look at your storage space, so these areas can’t be cluttered up either.


Tackle Any Necessary Repairs

Every homeowner has a list of repairs they’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t quite gotten around to yet. Before you put your home on the market, it’s important that you tackle this list, so that potential buyers have little reason to haggle the price down. You should also find ways to add value to your property, like investing in double-glazing replacement windows or insulating your loft. Also, ensure that you have your home inspected for any potential structural issues.

Keep The Decor Simple

When buyers go and view homes, they tend to try to imagine what life would be like if they were living there. Unfortunately, this is going to be incredibly hard to do if your bold style choices are distracting them from your property’s potential. To remedy this, you should take some time depersonalizing each room in your home. Paint over bright walls with neutral tones, cover loud furniture choices with slip covers, and put away family photographs and other personal items.

Let The Light In

Natural light can completely transform a room, making it appear larger, welcoming, and open, which is why it’s something that many buyers on are the lookout for. For this reason, you should do what you can to enhance the natural light in your property. Keep curtains and blinds open during viewings and prune any shrubbery outside your window that may be casting a shadow. You can also turn on additional lighting in areas that the natural light may not illuminate.


Sort The Homey Smells

On the nights and mornings before viewings, you should avoid cooking any food that might leave a lingering and unappealing smell. Spaghetti Bolognese, for example, might taste great but will leave your home stinking of onions and garlic, which may put off potential buyers. If you need to cook something, you should try baking bread or cookies to leave a homey smell and something tasty to sweeten up the viewings. Scented candles also work well if you’re not much of a baker.

Boost Your Curb Appeal

Although you’re selling your entire home, it’s the exterior that gives the first impression, which is why you must ensure that it is a good one. With that in mind, you should take some time boosting your curb appeal and making the outside of your home just as beautiful as the inside. You can start by cutting the grass, removing weeds, and trimming the shrubs. You should also clean the walkways, repair any damage, repaint the front door for a fresh and put together look.

Put The Pets Away

You may be a big animal lover, but that doesn’t mean that every viewer who steps foot through your door is going to agree with you. Because of this, it’s important that find somewhere else for your pets to stay while viewings are being conducted. Of course, with dogs, you could just take them out for a walk, but this isn’t as easy with cats and other animals. For this reason, you may want to ask a friend or family member to look after your pets until you move into your new place.

Try A Test Run

Before you have your first viewing, you should try a test run of your house, inspecting every room as if it’s the first time that you’re seeing them. Potential buyers should be able to move from room to room with ease and without bumping into or tripping over anything. If you find something out of place during your test run, you’ll be able to move or remove it so that it doesn’t become a problem later on when it might cat a shadow over your entire home.


Go For A Walk

Trying to view a home when the owner is there is incredibly uncomfortable and awkward. In fact, it can prevent potential buyers from looking around properly, making it unlikely that they’ll put an offer in. To avoid this, you need to make sure that you go somewhere else when viewings are being carried out. Your real estate agent knows what they’re doing, so go for a walk or a coffee and don’t go home until they call and say that the viewers have left.

Trying to sell your home without any preparation is a huge mistake. If you want to sell your home fast and for the best price, then follow the advice above.

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