Early Signs of Hearing Loss
• Having the TV / Radio turned up too loud
• Struggling to follow conversations (especially in noisy environments such as restaurants) and asking people to repeat themselves
• Withdrawal and isolation to avoid tough listening situations
• Repositioning to point your ears toward
“We urge people not to ignore the symptoms of hearing loss,” Max Fletcher, Hearing Aid Audiologist “From noticing that they have difficulties hearing, people wait an average of eight years before they actually get a hearing aid. For the sake of their overall health, we hope to educate people on the importance of addressing hearing loss and the benefits to daily life that wearing hearing aids offer. Untreated hearing loss can cause serious long-term conditions, especially later in life, so we implore everyone to maintain their hearing care now.”
Hearing loss has a number of side-effects. Untreated, hearing loss can cause people to withdraw from socialising and lead to feelings of isolation and depression. There have also been several studies which conclude that hearing loss contributes to the early onset of dementia, including the recent study authored by the Lancet commissions on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care[ii]. Addressing hearing loss is key to remaining cognitive and socially active.
Approximately one third of people over 65 years of age are affected by disabling hearing loss[iii] and are potentially at risk of affecting their overall health if untreated. With the number of people aged 65 and above predicted to have doubled in 2050 compared to today[iv], age-related hearing loss is almost certainly a contributing factor to the increasing prevalence of hearing loss.
Hearing aids can compensate for hearing loss and make a significant difference to the lives of almost everyone with a hearing disability. The first step is getting a hearing test. Most people will visit their GP before a hearing aid provider and will be referred, while others are encouraged to see a hearing expert by concerned and caring relatives. “We want people to understand the role of the hearing aid audiologist and be confident in visiting clinics and asking for advice. By bringing attention to the many facets of hearing loss through initiatives such as World Hearing Day, we will hopefully help encourage the increasing number of people affected by hearing loss to seek the very best hearing care,” Max Fletcher, Hearing Aid Audiologist concludes.
Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes 14 branches and clinics. We provide free hearing tests, and we advise you to seek help as soon as you notice any hearing difficulties, as untreated hearing loss can lead to many further complications.
We have a great range of hearing aids, including new digital devices that are tiny, discreet and highly sensitive, and our experienced team of audiologists will help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.
[ii] Livingstone et al, 2017 – Dementia prevention, intervention and care
[iv] US Census Bureau data estimates and US Bureau An Aging World 2015
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