The team at the Ayr store have now several qualified Dementia Friends, who have completed a training course to professionally care for the eye health and hear care of customers who have the condition, especially as the condition has been linked to hearing loss.

Many adults don’t get their hearing checked in the UK, even when they think there might be something wrong, as they worry about wearing hearing aids or seeming old. While this decision can affect their quality of life and lead to social isolation, research shows that the price could actually be far higher and with wider health implication, as hearing loss has been linked to dementia.  

Listening to anyone with hearing worries

But while hearing loss can often be a result of age, research shows the increased risk of dementia was not found in those using hearing aids. That is why it is so important not to suffer in silence and take action if you notice deterioration.

Linda Fulton, store director at Specsavers Ayr, said: ‘It takes on average 10 years for someone to seek help for hearing loss, what many people don’t realise is that a hearing test can flag up other health conditions

Keeping your hearing in check

‘Having your hearing tested could be a simple step to ensure you are taking care of your ear health, and in turn, could reduce your chance of developing dementia.

‘Sometimes it can be sudden, but more often than not hearing loss happens gradually and you may not notice it at first, therefore it is worth getting your hearing tested every two years once you reach 55 – it may do more for your health than you realise.’

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