Television presenter Eamonn Holmes recently opened up about his hearing loss and its links to dementia for the first time.
Eamonn visited the Hounslow store in West London where he was informed by Specsavers Audiologist Gurleen Brar that hearing loss could be an early detector for dementia he was shocked he hadn’t known sooner.
'No idea of the connection between hearing loss and dementia'
The This Morning host said ‘I had absolutely no idea hearing loss could be connected to dementia, anything that flags up a health condition such as dementia has to be taken seriously. Early intervention in so many conditions can either prevent a decline or preserve better health for longer.’
Specsavers Chief Audiologist Gordon Harrison explains, ‘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.’
During his visit to Specsavers Audiology, Eamonn, 56, was also given advice on how to best manage his own hearing loss. He now uses a hearing aid when required and it has drastically improved the quality of his life. ‘I no longer feel left out of simple things such as drinks in the pub or watching TV,’ admitted Eamonn.
Benefit of hearing aids
Eamon added: ‘Without the hearing aid, I find it difficult to hear conversation in crowded surroundings such as parties and pubs. In those circumstances it is much more difficult to pick out speech from the background noise. I shy away from social gatherings, particularly parties, because there is only so many times you can say, “Pardon? What did you say?”’
Experts recommend a hearing test every two years for those over 55 or for anyone with a hearing loss.