Over 88% of those with hearing loss in Dublin continue to suffer in silence
Specsavers 2016 Sound Check Ireland Roadshow recently brought its hearing booth to The 50 Plus Expo at the RDS in Dublin, a national consumer event for older people.
A survey conducted at the event revealed that 29% of participants admitted to having hearing loss. A staggering 88% 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. 77% of respondents said that they were not aware that the risk of depression increases if hearing loss is left untreated and 90% also stated that they did not realise that hearing loss can be an early detector of dementia.
On a positive note, 90% of people would use a hearing aid if advised to by a professional.
Orla Walsh commented
Audiologist at Specsavers, Orla Walsh commented, ‘The Sound Check Ireland Roadshow is designed to make it even easier for people to take the first step in tackling hearing loss.
'Untreated hearing loss can affect every aspect of life and lead to depression and social isolation which is why early diagnosis is key. 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.’
As well as the Sound Check Ireland booth, Specsavers offers the very best care for hearing-loss for the 42% of attendees who said they would visit a local hearing centre to have their hearing checked. Specsavers hearing centres provide free, three-minute hearing screenings, with no need to book a full appointment and no obligation to buy.
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.