In a recent article published in My Weekly magazine, Dr Sarah Jarvis highlights other health issues which can come from not having your hearing checked.
Related health issues
The media medic discusses the impact hearing loss can have, not only on your health, but also your social life, and explains that ‘it can lead to social isolation, anxiety, depression and even falls or reduced independence’ if left untreated.
But she also stresses the importance of having your hearing checked and explains that hearing can quite easily be improved if you just ask for help.
Help is at hand
Dr Sarah Jarvis explained: ‘As you get older, you’re more likely to have age-related hearing loss. As many as one in three people aged 40-69 have hearing problems and one in ten fail a hearing test – but only one in 50 wear a hearing aid. That means there are four million people in the UK who could benefit from a hearing aid but don’t wear one.’
Specsavers recommends that anyone over the age of 55 has their hearing checked once every year and Dr Sarah goes on to explain that digital hearing aids are available on the NHS through Specsavers. In many areas of the UK, Specsavers works in partnership with the NHS to provide free hearing aids to customers who are referred to a store via their GP.