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Over 40% of Westmeath hide hearing loss

23 June, 2016
Specsavers staff at the Sheep Shearing Championships 2016
Specsavers staff at the Sheep Shearing Championships 2016

Specsavers 2016 Sound Check Ireland Roadshow continues to visit towns across Ireland, as it attended the All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championship 2016.

Hearing loss

Over the course of the weekend, Specsavers Ahtlone and Mullingar brought the Sound Check hearing booth to the show, which provided free hearing screenings and expert advice from qualified Specsavers staff. Surveys conducted at the event revealed that over one third of participants admitted to having hearing loss. However, a staggering forty percent of those surveyed said they had waited over a year to do anything or are yet to act since their symptoms arose.

Early detector of dementia

The survey also highlighted a lack of knowledge about the detrimental effects of untreated hearing loss. An astonishing 75% of those surveyed said that they were not aware that the risk of depression increases if hearing loss is left untreated, and 81% of participants stated that they did not realise that hearing loss can be an early detector of dementia. On a positive note, 81% of people would use a hearing aid if advised to by a professional.

Sheep Shearing Show

The hearing screening took just a few minutes to complete and was followed by a consultation with Specsavers staff who explained the readings to each participant.

Speaking at the All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championship 2016, Specsavers Store Director Keith McCallion said: “Having the Sound Check hearing booth at the Sheep Shearing Championships provided a great opportunity for anyone concerned about their hearing to speak to a professional. Sound Check allows people take the first step in tackling hearing loss so that people don’t suffer in silence.”

As well as the Sound Check Ireland booth, Specsavers stores offer the very best hearing services for those who said they would visit a local hearing centre to have their hearing checked. Specsavers hearing centres provide free, three-minute hearing screenings and lets customers know whether they would benefit from having a full one hour hearing test. Each hearing centre boasts hi-tech facilities and sells quality hearing aids at great prices, with packages starting from €750.

More information

For more information about Specsavers Mullingar or Athlone hearing centre, contact them on (044) 939 0038 or (090) 647 3100.

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References: Source; Survey of attendees at the All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championship 2016 on 4 & 5 June 2016 by Specsavers staff.