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Lanarkshire optician urges people to take care of their hearing by booking a 'quick and easy' test

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A Lanarkshire optician and hearing care provider is urging people to take care of themselves and their hearing by booking themselves in for a "quick and easy" test.James Hughes Opticians and Hearing Care, part of Duncan and Todd Group, has also shared some advice to help residents decide when it's time to get their hearing checked out.Rachael Thomson is an audiologist at James Hughes' shop in Coatbridge, which offers expert audiology services and tips in addition to eye care.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android This includes a free screening test, free hearing assessment and free unlimited service appointments as well as the latest digital technologies in hearing aids.

Rachael told Lanarkshire Live : "With every patient, it’s important to listen and understand from them where the main area of difficulty is and be able to identify and relate to the results. “This might include something as simple as not hearing the TV as well, or more complex issues such as struggling to hear family members or friends around them, particularly in a crowded or noisy environment such as a party.”The NHS lists common signs as difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say, especially in noisy places; asking people to repeat themselves; listening to music or watching TV loudly; and having to

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