86% of people in Kerry suffer from hearing loss in silence
Specsavers 2016 Sound Check Ireland Roadshow continues to visit towns across Ireland, as it brought its hearing booth to the Killarney 50 Plus Expo in the Malton Hotel, Kerry.
Silent Sufferers and psycholoical effects
A survey conducted at the event revealed that 34% of participants admitted to having hearing loss. However, a staggering 86% of those surveyed said they had not done anything about it and are still struggling a year after their symptoms arose.
The survey also highlighted a lack of knowledge about the detrimental effects of untreated hearing loss. An astonishing 78% of those surveyed said that they were not aware that the risk of depression increases if hearing loss is left untreated, and 75% of participants stated that they did not realise that hearing loss can be an early detector of dementia.
Importance of a hearing test
On a positive note, 85% of people would use a hearing aid if advised to by a professional.
The Sound Check Ireland booth offered visitors to The 50 Plus Expo the opportunity to avail of complimentary hearing screenings from members of the Specsavers Killarney audiology team. The hearing booth was equipped with a simple hearing test that takes just a few minutes to complete, followed by a consultation with Specsavers audiologist Rory Perry to read each individual test and explain the readings to each participant.
The 50 Plus Expo
Speaking at The 50 Plus Expo in Killarney, Rory Perry commented: ‘The Sound Check Ireland Roadshow is designed to make it even easier for people to take the first step in tackling hearing loss. I’d urge anyone who is concerned about their hearing not to suffer in silence and avail of this free service. Regular hearing checks should be part of everyone’s health routine and we recommend that people over the age of 55 get a hearing test every two years.’
Specsavers hearing services
As well as the Sound Check Ireland booth, Specsavers stores offer the very best in hearing services for the 62% of attendees who said they would visit a local hearing centre to have their hearing checked. The screener lets customers know whether they would benefit from having a full hearing test, which takes about one hour and advises them about what to do next.
Each hearing centre boasts hi-tech facilities and sells quality hearing aids at great prices. All Specsavers digital hearing aids are sold as part of a complete hearing package and price start from €750.
References: 1. Source; Survey of attendees at the 50 Plus Expo, Malton Hotel, Killarney, on 8 and 9 of May 2016 by Specsavers staff.