Many adults do not check their hearing in the UK – even when they think something may be wrong – because they are worried about hearing aids or are old.
While this decision can impact on their quality of life and as a result of social isolation, research shows that the price may actually be much higher and with wider health implications, as hearing loss is associated with dementia.
This is why Dementia Action Week, Specsavers, is about raising awareness of the importance of checking your hearing.
There is evidence to suggest that people with mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia.
If you have a moderate loss of hearing, it progresses three times more likely and a person with severe severe loss is likely to occur.
However, although age can often lead to hearing loss, research has shown that the increased risk of dementia has not been detected for those who use hearing aids.
This is why it is so important not to suffer in silence and to take action if you notice a deterioration.
Gordon Harrison, head of Specsavers, says: “It takes an average of 10 years for someone to seek help for hearing loss, which many people do not understand that a hearing test can indicate other health conditions.
“It may be a simple step to do your hearing test to make sure you are caring for your ear health, and you may reduce your chances of having dementia.
"Sometimes it is sudden, but often hearing loss does not happen gradually and you may not notice it first, so it is worthwhile to do a hearing test every two years when you reach 55 – d. 'It could do more for your health than you understand.'
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