Specsavers 2016 Sound Check Ireland Roadshow brought its hearing booth to the Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival in Moynalty, Co Meath.
A survey told
A survey conducted at the event revealed that 22% of participants admitted to having hearing loss. However, a worrying 60% 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. 59% of those surveyed said that they were not aware that the risk of depression increases if hearing loss is left untreated, and 72% of participants stated that they did not realise that hearing loss can be an early detector of dementia. On a positive note, almost three-quarters (72%) of people would use a hearing aid if advised to by a professional.
Jeff Walbran commented
Audiologist at Specsavers Drogheda, Jeff Walbran, commented: ‘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.’
Very best care for hearing
Specsavers Drogheda offers the very best care for hearing -loss for the 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.