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Hearing loss can affect every aspect of your life, especially the things that are most important to you such as relationships with family, friends or work colleagues. Emotionally, physically and mentally, untreated hearing loss places stress on you that can impact negatively on all these areas of your life. Here are five things you may not know about hearing...*

 

1. Wearing a hearing aid can actually slow the rate of deterioration of hearing loss.

The sooner you seek help for your hearing difficulties, the better your hearing is likely to be in the long-term. Like your vision, the earlier you start wearing hearing aids, the slower the rate of hearing deterioration due to natural wear and tear will be.

2. Hearing loss happens to everyone eventually.

It is nothing to be ashamed of and is in fact, something that happens to everyone as they age. There are more than 11 million people in the UK who have hearing loss, and 40% of them are over the age of 50. By 2035, this number is set to increase to 15.6million – 1 in 5 of the population*.

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3. Sound is classed as crucial to enhancing an experience.

In a survey by Specsavers Audiologists, 67% of people deemed sound as a key sense to enhancing atmosphere, yet the same percentage of people said they had never had a hearing test.

4. Hearing aids don’t just turn up the volume.

They identify the sounds you want to hear and help filter out the rest. They can connect to your TV and even help you answer your mobile phone, as well as remember your settings for different situations meaning they automatically adjust dependent on the surrounding environment.

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5. You need both ears to work together to hear fully.

Because of the way sound is transmitted, it’s important to address hearing loss as soon as possible, whether it’s in one ear or both. Noise naturally hits one ear before hitting the other a split second later. This allows the brain to work out where the sound has come from, so if one ear is unable to hear noise it can be very disorientating.

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Nick Taylor, audiologist and head of professional advancement at Specsavers Audiologists says: ‘Hearing loss is something that happens gradually over time, so more often than not, people wait until their hearing loss is severe before seeking help. It’s important to look out for the signs like having the TV turned up uncomfortably loud for others in the room, and to have regular hearing checks to ensure you can be treated as early as possible. We recommend that anyone over the age of 55 has their hearing checked once a year.’

Common symptoms of age-related hearing loss

  • You have the TV or radio volume uncomfortably loud for other people
  • You find it difficult to hear dialogue at the cinema or theatre
  • Telephone conversations are hard work
  • You ask people to repeat things

For more information or to book a free hearing test please visit: www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing

 *Source: Action on Hearing Loss

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