Help in Hearing are promoting Deaf Awareness Week, to be held 4th – 9th May, to raise awareness of over 11 million people in the UK (1 in 6) who are deaf or have hearing loss.
It has been proven that wearing hearing aids can help reduce cognitive decline and yet only 2 million people actually wear hearing aids. Over the last year social isolation has led to a marked decline in many people’s cognitive processes, further fuelling the message regarding the importance of looking after your hearing.
On average, it takes ten years for people to address their hearing loss. We all do it – we have something in our life that we put off for as long as possible. People often say they have known there is an issue with their hearing for some time, but they haven’t addressed it. And with lockdown restrictions having kept people at home with no social stimulation, this decline in hearing may have been even further exacerbated.
Says local independent audiologist Selma Becker: “I have noticed a definite decline in the cognitive and auditory processes of the clients that have been unable to see me for the last year. Intervention is highly recommended to keep socially active and mentally fit. Now we can begin to see family and friends again, improving your hearing can lead to a huge improvement in the quality of your life”.
She continues: “What’s more, some of our clients are benefiting from taking up auditory work-outs, which we are now highly recommending. We all know the value of keeping our bodies fit but it is just as important to keep your hearing and ears in great shape as there is such a close link to our cognitive ability. There are certain apps available with games to challenge cognitive and auditory sharpness to help improve listening ability in noise. Having been at home for so many months not exposed to noise-related social situations, it can be a real shock to join in group conversations, so it is well worth taking a look at these apps, or making an appointment to see us”.
Selma believes that it is worth changing your mindset. She comments: “Think of booking a hearing appointment in a similar way to visiting the dentist for our oral health. We do this even if we think our teeth are fine, as we know that prevention is better than cure. A similarly holistic approach to hearing works in the same way – it just means doing everything you can before any issues arise to prevent hearing loss or a further reduction in hearing. Perhaps you know friends and family that might need a little encouragement to have their hearing checked. Maybe they have struggled to cope with the new age of virtual socialising or cannot hear the TV as well as they would like?”
Is Hearing Loss a just a sign of ageing?
Older people may be under the impression that impaired hearing is just a normal part of advanced age, so they decide not to “bother” anyone with it. For some people it is easier to “side-step” the issue because they fear the worst. Or perhaps they fear the misconception that it is embarrassing to have to wear a hearing aid. However, if the isolation resulting from Covid19 social restrictions has caused a decline in cognitive and auditory processing, it will have affected all age groups – this could be your partner, parent, grandparent, friend or neighbour.
It is very easy to book a hearing assessment and if you find you do need an aid to help you, there are so many options available. Help in Hearing is an independent hearing centre so they can offer you the choice, from the tiniest of hearing aids to the latest Bluetooth and artificial intelligence technology.
Why wait? Don’t risk any further cognitive decline. It’s as easy as that.
Freephone 0345 222 0579 for appointments or www.helpinhearing.co.uk for more information.