Whitchurch opticians urge people to focus on signs of hearing loss

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Whitchurch residents are advised to take action on the signs of hearing loss and seek help during Hearing Awareness Month in November.

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

The study also found that 64% of those polled were unaware of a link between hearing loss and dementia – left alone it can lead to social exclusion – although that’s the thing it is. they dread aging the most.

The survey also showed that there is still a stigma when it comes to wearing hearing aids, with 43% fearing they will age them.

Of those surveyed with hearing loss, less than half (41%) had a hearing aid.

Branch Manager Marcia Flory said: “Our hearing tends to gradually change over time, so we don’t always notice the level of deterioration until it gets really bad.

“That’s why we encourage people to look after their hearing the same way they look after their eyesight and to have their hearing checked regularly.

“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’s definitely a good time to take action and think about getting a hearing test.

“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 tiny 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 complete our online hearing health check or have their hearing checked for free at their local office. ”

Marcia added, “We believe it is never too late to make 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.


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