Calling on the people of Rhyl to take action on hearing loss

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People in Rhyl are advised to act on the signs of hearing loss and seek help this Hearing Awareness Month (November).

A survey by Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care, which has a branch on the High Street, found that the biggest fear people have about aging is the onset of dementia and poor memory (57 percent).

Left ignored, hearing loss can lead to social withdrawal and there is evidence for a link to dementia as well. Still, the study found that 64% of those surveyed were unaware of a connection between hearing loss and dementia, despite being the thing they fear most about aging.

The survey also showed that there is still a stigma when it comes to wearing hearing aids, with 43% fearing they will age them. This despite the fact that half of them agree that hearing aids would improve their quality of life as they get older.

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Of those surveyed who experienced hearing loss, less than half (41%) had a hearing aid. And only 35 percent of those polled thought it was important to have regular hearing checks, compared to 51 percent who thought regular eye tests were important.

Sean McManus, Branch Manager, said: “Our hearing tends to gradually change over time, so we don’t always notice the level of deterioration until it gets really bad. This is why we encourage people to take care of their hearing in the same way. how they control their eyesight and have regular hearing checks.

“Some 60% of those surveyed who said their hearing had deteriorated had not been checked recently, which is concerning. Since November is Hearing Awareness Month, it is definitely a good time to take action and think about getting a hearing check.

“The sooner people seek help for hearing loss, the better. There is no cure, but hearing loss can be treated. If people have a need for hearing aids, they will be amazed at how much technology has advanced and how much small aids can make a big difference.

“With NHS hearing tests and street-accessible digital hearing aids, it’s worth considering regardless of your age. As a first step, people can take our online hearing health check or have their hearing checked for free at their local office. ”

The survey also found that healthier eating and exercise, hair dyeing and tattooing were among the ways cited to fight aging, with the top ten fears ranging from memory loss, reduced mobility and financial difficulties with the deterioration of sight and hearing.

Sean added, “It’s understandable that people are worried about aging and how it will affect their lives and what they can do about it. We think it’s never too late to make a difference. positive changes, whether it’s diet or lifestyle, and regular check-ups are also important. ”

The survey of 2,000 adults was conducted by OnePoll.

TOP 10 FEARS OF AGING

1. Faulty memory / onset of dementia

2. Become less mobile

3. Vision deterioration

4. Catch certain diseases diseases related to aging

5. Become forgetful

6. Losing longtime friends / family

7. Hearing loss

8. Losing your teeth

9. Be alone

10. Struggling financially


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