Audiology experts at Specsavers Wisbech and March are encouraging everyone to listen up in the wake of World Hearing Day.
Breaking the stigma
Many people are not aware that hearing loss is very common and affects people of all ages. Startlingly, 1 in 6 people in the UK have some kind of hearing loss. Your hearing changes over time and for different reasons, which is why people experience different types of loss, at different ages.
A word from the audiologist
Ashley Sukumaran, Specsavers March and Wisbech audiologist said: ‘Evidence shows people suffering with hearing loss can end up feeling isolated and lonely as they struggle to communicate and join in with others. Therefore, it is crucial that people are more aware of how to spot and manage hearing loss at the earliest opportunity. It should not be neglected.’
Top tips to preserve your hearing
- Never listen to your music above 60% volume as cancelling out background noise by turning up the volume can cause tinnitus.
- The likelihood of hearing loss increases with each cigarette, according to a recent study.
- Avoid inserting cotton buds into the ear. This interferes with the ear’s natural cleaning process and pushes wax and debris further into the ear, which can cause build-up or a blockage of the ear canal. Instead see a professional.