Hearing loss is a surprisingly common condition; it affects more than 11 million people in the UK alone and there are currently 900,000 people in the UK that are severely or profoundly deaf*.
Deaf Awareness Week (2-8 May) aims to raise awareness of the condition, its common symptoms and encourage people to get their hearing checked.
Advice from an audiologist
Nick Taylor, chief audiologist at Specsavers, said: ‘Hearing loss can be a difficult notion to come to terms with, especially if it occurs gradually over a long period of time. But many people struggle to admit that they are suffering from hearing loss, and some don’t even realise that there is an issue until they have been treated.
‘I would urge anyone that thinks they may be suffering from hearing loss to have their hearing checked and take advantage of the care available in the UK. At Specsavers we recommend that anyone over the age of 55 has their hearing checked once a year.’
Common symptoms of age-related hearing loss
- You have the TV or radio volume uncomfortably loud for other people
- You find it difficult to hear dialogue at the cinema or theatre
- Telephone conversations are hard work
- You ask people to repeat things or misunderstand what they say
- You have difficulty following conversations in groups It is harder to hear what others are saying if there is background noise
- You avoid situations that you used to enjoy because of the way you hear
*Action on Hearing Loss