Don’t ignore the signs of hearing loss in 2020!
Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? Perhaps you need the sound on the TV turned up higher than you used to. These little signs of hearing loss are ones that are often ignored, but there are some very good reasons why you should pay attention to them. Let’s take a look at hearing loss and how it can affect you.
Facts and figures
Firstly, we’ll look at the facts. It is estimated that around 11 million people in the UK have hearing loss, making it the second most common disability in the country. That figure is an estimation because a huge number of people live with undiagnosed hearing loss. Age has a major effect on your hearing – almost 42% of people aged over 50 have hearing loss, while around 71% of people over 70 are affected. Despite these figures, less than a third of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. It’s getting worse, too. It’s thought that by 2035, around 15.6 million people in the UK – 1 in 5 – will have hearing loss.
What happens if hearing loss is left untreated
Many people ignore early hearing loss, assuming it is a small problem. However, they don’t realise that it can become a big problem. One of the most worrying risks is dementia. Studies have shown that people with mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia. The more severe the hearing loss, the higher the likelihood of developing dementia. Early detection and treatment of hearing loss, with a simple hearing aid, can prevent cognitive decline.
Dementia isn’t the only risk – lots of older people become increasingly isolated due to their hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss, and many people, rather than having their hearing tested and being fitted with a hearing aid, will simply avoid going out to social events, talking on the phone, and engaging in conversations.
How do you know if you have hearing loss?
The initial signs of hearing loss aren’t always obvious. High-frequency hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss. This can be identified by difficulty in hearing children’s and women’s voices, high-pitched sounds like some alarms and cooker timers, and things like birds singing.
Hearing loss treatment
The most common and successful treatment for hearing loss is a simple hearing aid. However, it does depend on the cause and severity of hearing loss. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as a build-up of excess ear wax, or an infection. Here at London Hearing Specialist, we offer professional ear wax removal if you do have a problem with ear wax. If it’s age-related hearing loss, then we can help you choose a hearing aid that’s right for you.
Even if you don’t think you have hearing loss, it’s worth getting tested. And if you’re aged over 45, we’ll even test your hearing for free. If we do find you have a hearing need, we can suggest the ideal hearing loss treatment for you, so there’s no need to worry. Book a hearing test in London and make sure you catch any hearing loss in its early stages for healthy hearing and a healthy mind throughout 2020 and beyond.